Approaching GHS Deadline, TSCA and Trade Top IFRANA Workshop Agenda


HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ — A packed room full of the fragrance industry’s top compliance and trade experts met this week in New Jersey to discuss the latest developments regarding TSCA and chemical classification requirements impacting their companies. The conference was hosted by the International Fragrance Association North America (IFRANA).

The U.S. Congress updated the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) last summer, while Canada amended their hazardous product regulation to include the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) approximately two years ago. “Both have the potential to both have the potential to significantly impact the industry and require close coordination to ensure compliance,” said Suzanne Hartigan, IFRANA’s Chief Scientist. The updated Canadian legislation eliminates a previous exemption for fragrance and flavor component disclosure.

Workshop attendees spent most of the day evaluating and discussing the GHS roll-out and what are projected to be very significant impacts on businesses in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Asia. The new regulations on manufacturers and importers are scheduled to take effect on June 1st. Other workshop discussions took place on TSCA and trade under the Trump Administration.

“Our members are committed to staying at the forefront of changes in regulations,” said Farah Ahmed, IFRANA’s President and CEO. “Workshops like this allow us to provide meaningful education – offering top industry expertise – and a forum where we can support our members throughout the regulatory process.”

The International Fragrance Association North America represents the vast majority of all fragrances developed and sold in the United States and Canada. Its member companies create and manufacture fragrances and scents for home care, personal care, home design and industrial and institutional products, all of which are marketed by consumer goods companies. IFRANA also represents companies that supply fragrance ingredients, such as essential oils and other raw materials, used in perfumery and fragrance mixtures. IFRANA has represented the interests of the fragrance industry in Washington, D.C. since the 1920s. IFRANA also publishes Fragrance Notes, the quarterly magazine of record for the fragrance industry, available in print through IFRANA and online at

Summer Johnson