Cleaning product and fragrance makers strongly stand behind the safety of their products and completely reject misrepresentations made by a pressure group about fragrance ingredient safety.
The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), and International Fragrance Association North America (IFRANA) refute claims made by Women’s Voices for the Earth in a report that promotes false fears about how fragrances are used in everyday cleaning and personal care products.
An enormous amount of research, development, review and safety evaluation goes into the manufacture of cleaning and personal care products long before they hit the store shelves.
Fragrance ingredients that are used in these product categories are in compliance with more than 150 global industry safety standards that already exist today. Wherever these products are sold, they are subjected to that nation’s restrictions, regulations and/or legal protections. Therefore, the products are in compliance everywhere they are sold.
Additionally, companies are communicating transparently with consumers through ingredient disclosure programs.
Cleaning products play a critical role in enhancing everyday health and contributing to better living for everyone. They are used safely by millions of consumers worldwide every day to improve their lives and manage their environments efficiently and effectively. It’s regrettable that misinformed and ill-advised attacks attempt to discourage the use of these very beneficial products.
Information Available on Fragrance, Cleaning Product Ingredients
ACI, CSPA and IFRANA said that fragrance ingredients used in consumer products are available through a comprehensive list published by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), which is available at http://www.ifraorg.org/en-us/Ingredients_2.
Additionally, some cleaning product manufacturers provide information about ingredients in their products through their participation in the Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative. The initiative provides regulators, non-governmental organizations and consumers with more access to information pertaining to a product’s fragrance ingredients, preservative ingredients, and dyes and colorants.
Before any product reaches the store shelf, it is subject to intensive developmental testing and regulatory requirements. Consumers having questions about product ingredients can get answers by checking product labels, company websites or toll-free hotlines or contacting the company directly. The initiative is one of the most transparent ingredient disclosure efforts of its kind that is designed to increase the sharing and disclosure of product information with consumers.
Safety Backed by Science
Fragrance science and safety is a primary focus for responsible fragrance manufacturers worldwide. Consumers can continue to depend upon the credibility of scientifically valid data, proven safety perspectives based on years of experience, best research practices that reflect the integrity of the industry, and definitive research conducted for decades by independent scientists.
Household cleaning products sold in the United States are regulated under the current system of risk evaluation and risk-based labeling through the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) and administered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Through the FHSA regulations, the point of purchase label informs consumers about the potential hazards, product ingredients contributing to those hazards, appropriate handling and storage, applicable first aid information, and how to minimize risks to children.
Details on Fragrance Safety
Fragrances used in cleaning and personal care products are designed in compliance with global IFRA Standards, based on research conducted by the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM).
RIFM is an international scientific organization established to evaluate the safety of fragrance ingredients. The results of RIFM’s research are reviewed by an Expert Panel, which includes internationally recognized experts in dermatology, pathology, toxicology, respiratory, environmental and reproductive fields. This rigorous scientific process forms the basis for the Standards set by IFRA and followed by its members.
Safety Built Into Product Manufacturing
Our collective member companies know that product safety is the foundation of consumer trust and devote substantial resources towards keeping consumers and their families safe, while providing a variety of product options for them.
Responsible companies continuously pursue their focus on safety while making products that utilize fragrance ingredients to encourage proper hygiene and enhance our everyday lives.
Helpful links: International Fragrance Association – Ingredients Used in Consumer Goods:
The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI – formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. ACI members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. ACI (www.cleaninginstitute.org) and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.
The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) is the premier trade association representing the interests of companies engaged in the manufacture, formulation, distribution and sale of more than $100 billion annually in the U.S. of familiar consumer products that help household and institutional customers create cleaner and healthier environments. CSPA member companies employ hundreds of thousands of people globally. Products CSPA represents include disinfectants that kill germs in homes, hospitals and restaurants; candles, and fragrances and air fresheners that eliminate odors; pest management products for home, garden and pets; cleaning products and polishes for use throughout the home and institutions; products used to protect and improve the performance and appearance of automobiles; aerosol products and a host of other products used every day. Through its product stewardship program, Product Care®, and scientific and business-to-business endeavors, CSPA provides its members a platform to effectively address issues regarding the health, safety and sustainability of their products. For more information, please visit www.cspa.org.
About the International Fragrance Association North America (IFRA North America) – www.ifrana.org: IFRA North America represents the fragrance materials industry in the United States and Canada. IFRA North America member companies create and manufacture perfumes and fragrances for personal care, home care, and home design products. Companies that supply fragrance ingredients, such as essential oils and other raw materials, are also IFRA North America members.