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Fragrance Creators CEO Issues Statement on Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act

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Farah K. Ahmed, president and CEO of Fragrance Creators Association, issued a statement recognizing the passing of California’s Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2020 (SB 312).

Fragrance Creators Association released the following statement recognizing passage of California’s Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2020 (SB 312) which was signed into law on October 1, 2020 by Governor Gavin Newsom. The statement comes from Farah K. Ahmed, president & CEO:

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As reported by the Senate Rules Committee, "This bill requires cosmetic manufacturers, commencing January 1, 2022, to disclose to the Department of Public Health Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control information related to cosmetic products that contain a fragrance or flavor ingredient that is included on a 'designated list' as defined and a list of each fragrance and flavor ingredient in the cosmetic product."

“As part of Fragrance Creators members’ commitment to responsible stewardship, we have long supported informing consumers of fragrance ingredients known to be potential sensitizers, so people with allergies can find products that work for them. The industry is committed to consumer education and acknowledges the efforts of the state of California, through the passage of SB 312. This new law is intended to provide consumers with access to information about the fragranced personal care and beauty products they use and enjoy every day by requiring communication of specific fragrance ingredients."

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"The fragrance industry believes in and supports a person’s right to know and understand information about fragrances in the products they use," Ahmed continued. "Fragrance Creators’ Importance & Benefits of Fragrance Program and our consumer education website, The Fragrance Conservatory, are two examples of how the industry is working to empower the public with sound science-based information about fragrance ingredients, safety, benefits, and more, so they can use products with confidence. We remain committed to promoting the safe use of fragrances in the products we all use and enjoy every day. Fragrances are subject to many state and federal laws that govern how people experience fragrance. In addition to industry safety guidelines set forth by the International Fragrance Association, backed by data from the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, fragrance companies employ safety professionals to analyze the safety of fragrance at multiple steps in the manufacturing process."

Ahmed concluded, "Fragrance Creators and our members engaged directly with all stakeholders throughout the bill’s development, leading technical conversations and advocating for policies that advance consumer education while also securing confidential business information that in part helps protect jobs and innovation. We remain committed to further engagement and education on the safety of fragrance, the role it plays in essential products, and its many benefits in promoting public health and quality of life.”