IFRA Upholds 50 Years Of Risk Assessment, Scent ‘Essentiality’ In Green Deal Policy Recommendations
Essentiality criteria for substances categorized as “most harmful” in the EU – which otherwise may be banned under the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability – must take into account social and societal benefits, says the International Fragrance Association in recently published Green Deal policy recommendations.
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