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Release of IFRA 50th Amendment

September 07, 2021

Notification of the 50th amendment to the IFRA Standards was released on June 30, 2021 with one new prohibition of the substance mintlactone.

Notification of the 50th amendment to the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) Standards was released on June 30, 2021. There is only one update to the Standards and only one new prohibition of substance – which is mintlactone (CAS No. 13341-72-5). 

According to the notice, implementation timelines for the 50th amendment are given as follow:

  • Two months after the date of notification letter (i.e. August 30, 2021): entry into force of the 50th amendment implementation for new creations
  • 13 months after the date of notification letter (i.e. July 30, 2022): entry into force of the 50th amendment for existing creations

An existing creation is a compound currently sold or already the subject of evaluation for performance in a defined consumer product. 
A new creation is defined as any fragrance mixture for which the brief has been issued after the completion of the information exchange across the supply chain period (i.e. update of IT systems, bilateral information exchange between fragrance houses). 


  1. Notification of the 50th Amendment to the IFRA Standards
  2. IFRA Standard – mintlactone – 50th Amendment

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Next Step

With this amendment, the cosmetic industry should particularly pay attention to the new requirement of IFRA certification. Cosmetic manufacturers are advised to obtain declarations from fragrance suppliers for the existing fragrance and check mintlactone content in fragrance.

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Queenie Ho-yan TSE 
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