Fragrance Notes Issue 2, 2019 | Page 46

DEVELOPMENTS Developments The Fragrance Conservatory Fragrance Creators Association is continuing development of The Fragrance Conservatory—an engaging and interactive website to house credible, consumer friendly, and relatable information about fragrance ingredients subject to disclosure under California’s Cleaning Product Right to Know Act (SB 258). This effort is being steered by an Interested Party Group of Fragrance Creators members: Arylessence, Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Citrus and Allied, Chanel, The Clorox Company, Estee Lauder, Firmenich, IFF, Johnson & Johnson, P&G, SC Johnson, Revlon, Robertet, and Takasago. The website will be launched in 2019. Important note: This website does not include detailed odor descriptors at this time. However, Fragrance Creators is working with the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) on incorporating the information in the Fragrance Conservatory. Importance & Benefits of Fragrance Program In late 2018, Fragrance Creators announced its new program on the Importance and Benefits of Fragrance. This program is being supported by a new committee, the Importance & Benefits Committee (IBFC), chaired by Matthew Wagner, PhD, of Procter & Gamble. The IBFC’s focus is on compiling information— studies, stories, and examples—supporting the importance and benefits of fragrance, as well as uncovering potential areas of new research. This information will be used as part of Fragrance Creators’ communications strategy to educate, inspire, and endear the public to fragrance. Currently, the IBFC is focused on supporting The Fragrance Conservatory content development process and engaging with The Danbury Group to uncover opportunities for new fragranced- related research and data. Federal Fly-In On May 14 and 15, 2019, Fragrance Creators engaged in federal advocacy to promote policies that are good for people, perfume, and the planet, including presenting the industry’s Legislators of the 46 | FRAGRANCENOTES.ORG | Issue 2, 2019 Year Award, testifying before the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and supporting fragrance policy through our 9th Annual Federal Fly-In. With the support of members, Fragrance Creators’ 2019 Federal Fly-In yielded significant advancements in the organization’s advocacy goals and focused on delivering results that protect and promote the fragrance industry’s ability to innovate and grow. For the third consecutive year, Fragrance Creators set a record for number of meetings held. We connected with decision-makers (Members of Congress and staff) on matters of crucial importance to the industry, including trade and tariffs, new chemical review, and cosmetics modernization. Fragrance Creators strengthened existing relationships, gained new support in Congress, and expanded the Congressional Fragrance Caucus. Trade/Tariff The international trade landscape is changing more rapidly than at any point in the recent past. Fragrance Creators continues to actively work to influence trade policy. The Trade and Tariff Policy Committee (TTPC) considers tariffs and trade agreements while Fragrance Creators leverages the influence of the Congressional Fragrance Caucus and relationships with the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the Department of Commerce. In addition to advocating tariff policy during our Federal Fly-In and submitting comments to USTR, Fragrance Creators testified before multi-agency panels regarding the proposed EU 301 tariffs on virtually all essential oils and China 301 List 4, which affects approximately $300 billion in imports. Current trade/tariff- related activity is of potential high impact to business and, by extension, potential increased cost passed to consumers   Cosmetics Policy Fragrance Creators is actively engaged in cosmetics policy at the federal and state level. After submitting feedback to Chairman Pallone and Representative Shimkus on the House Discussion Draft, Fragrance Creators has joined regular conversations with House Energy and Commerce staff and interested stakeholders to develop nationwide solutions for cosmetics modernization. Fragrance Creators also focused on cosmetics modernization during its record-breaking 2019 Federal Fly-In. Dozens of proposals affecting cosmetics and fragrance were active at the state-level in 2019. Fragrance Creators was successful in defeating a New York budget proposal that would have given unrestricted authority to regulate our industry, which could have led to further regulation on ingredient disclosure, ingredient safety, ingredient review, data collection, and ingredient ban. Fragrance Creators advocated for theses topics to be discussed through regular order, as opposed to placing policy in the New York State Budget. Since most states, including New York, operate on 2-year legislative cycles, we expect these topics to be active in 2020. Fragrance Creators’ efforts in California helped to ensure ingredient-specific bans will not advance in 2019. We anticipate that SB 574 will become law in California. SB 574 would require the disclosure of intentionally added flavor and fragrance ingredients in cosmetics, if present on a designated list, to the California Safe Cosmetics Database. Through negotiations, education, and leadership, Fragrance Creators significantly improved SB 574. Fragrance Creators is partnering with allied trades to have a coordinated state approach while taking ownership of fragrance policy. LCSA Implementation The Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the nation’s primary chemicals management law. As a direct result of Fragrance Creators’ efforts to actively engage with industry groups, leverage Congressional relationships, and advance the Congressional Fragrance Caucus, we have persuaded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prioritize the fragrance industry. We have noted an acceleration of EPA’s review of new fragrance ingredients as well as improvements in the agency’s willingness to incorporate feedback and find solutions for improving the New Chemicals program.