Last Updated on June 4, 2022 by Ithos Global Regulatory Team
What is it?
The International Fragrance Association published its 50th Amendment, addressing “the prohibition of use for the fragrance material Mintlactone. According to IFRA’s Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety Rationale “The material Mintlactone has been reviewed by the Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety with the conclusion that it cannot be safely used as a fragrance ingredient. If the substance is found as an impurity in other fragrance ingredients, please check the latest version of the Guidance to the IFRA Standards for the respective IFRA procedure.”
This amendment comes in addition to previous Amendments to the IFRA Code of Practice. As a consequence, all elements of the 49th Amendment, as notified January 10, 2020, addressing other fragrance materials, remain unchanged and in place.
What’s the impact?
As of August 30, 2021, no new fragrances may contain Mintlactone. As of July 30, 2022, existing fragrances cannot include the ingredient. Fragrance houses that formulate with Mintlactone must comply with this new IFRA 50 standard. As seen with other previous fragrance ingredient bans, reformulating multiple fragrances could prove a costly endeavor.
When is it happening?
By August 30, 2021, all standards entering into force for new creations (fragrance mixtures only, not the finished product) needed to comply with IFRA 50. By July 30, 2022, all standards entering into force for existing creations (fragrance mixtures only, not the finished product) must comply with IFRA 50. Finished product impacts will be tracked as this ban may be picked up by various regulatory bodies in the EU.
What are the next steps?
Ithos is currently ensuring all clients are aware of and fully understand the new IFRA 50 Standard, including the impact on finished goods. If you currenly formulate with Mintlactone, contact us to set up a time to review the document and impact on your products.