Guidance On Essential-Oil Identification Under REACH Is 'First Step' – IFRA
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Essential oils, even when derived from the same plant, can vary significantly in composition, which poses challenges for registrants under the EU's REACH law. European trade groups' substance-identification guidance released in August provides direction to essential-oil and other "natural complex substance" producers, following meetings last year between industry stakeholders and EU regulatory authorities.
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