Cosmetics Europe and the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) welcomed the provisional agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the revision of the regulation on the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemical Substances and Mixtures (CLP).
The agreement ensures avoiding the over-classification of a number of natural substances.
The European Commission will present a scientific report to the European Parliament and Council within the next five years as part of a review clause in the agreement.
John Chave, director general, of Cosmetics Europe, said, "We highly appreciate the recognition by the co-legislators of the need for specific provisions for the classification rules of substances with more than one constituent (‘MOCS’) extracted from plants or plant parts. This is a key development to support the future of the natural ingredients used in cosmetics and fragrances, which goes hand in hand with the EU’s objective to boost the bioeconomy."
Aurelie Perrichet, regional director for Europe, IFRA, said, "The agreement reached today also enshrines the need for clear scientific reasoning for the grouping of substances for harmonized classification and labeling. We welcome this, to operationalize the grouping approach while preserving legal certainty. This is a critical point for our sector, given the anticipated impact of group restrictions on the perfumer’s palette”.