The EU May Be Expanding Its Allergen List

In 1999, the EU Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products (SCCNFP) identified 26 fragrance allergens that pose a risk of sensitization to consumers. Perfume brands are now required to label these allergens.

Since then, many more substances have been identified with the potential of triggering allergic reactions. These include 82 contact allergens, 54 single chemicals, and 28 natural extracts.

The European Commission is currently “reflecting” on how to implement the SCCNFP recommendations. Inevitable measures will have a detrimental impact on the global perfume industry. Many of the iconic fragrances made by the major fragrance manufacturers may be forced to reformulate their scents.