Work on the science
of fragrance allergens progresses to protect consumers
at the fourth Annual Review of IDEA (International Dialogue for the
Evaluation of Allergens), held under the auspices of the European Commission (DG
SANTE) there was a full review of the work carried out so far by the various
working groups and priorities for future work were set.
This multi-stakeholder project
has progressed on several key milestones which were reviewed today in
Luxembourg. The revision of the Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) for
fragrance materials has been completed, incorporating ways to better estimate
the aggregate exposure to individual fragrance ingredients. The revised
methodology has been submitted to the EU Commission who are initiating an
assessment of the value of this new version in preventing consumers becoming
sensitized to fragrance ingredients.
In the scientifically
challenging area of ingredients that require transformation into actual
sensitizing ingredients, especially in the field of oxidation, advanced
analytical work continues to better identify and quantify consumer exposure.
Finally, IDEA is progressing,
through collaboration with other organisations such as the EPAA (European
Partnership on Alternatives to Animal testing) and CAAT (Centre for
Alternatives to Animal Testing) on the aim of developing suitable non-animal
tests for hazard characterisation of fragrance ingredients.
its start in 2013, IDEA has conducted
12 workshops and working group meetings, gathering over 41 scientific and
medical experts from academia, clinics and research centres, including past and
current Scientific Committee members as well as over 47 industry experts, 9 observers and 6
Chairman of IFRA thanked the EU Commission for its continuous support and
welcomed the opportunity for dialogue with the Scientific Community through the
yearly Annual Reviews.
“Such dialogues build
understanding and foster trust, contributing immensely to advancing consumer safety
and well-being,” explained Carlos.
full details on IDEA and on the outcome of the workshops and working groups go
to the dedicated website at: http://ideaproject.info/
the EU Commission’s Scientific Committees’ website at: