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Parliamentary questions
26 April 2013
E-004701-13
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Philippe Boulland (PPE)

 Subject:  Banning geraniol in perfume manufacturing
 Answer(s) 

In June 2012, the Commission asked British dermatologist Ian White to draft a scientific report to assess the danger of certain compounds in perfume manufacturing.

The report recommends banning three potentially allergenic ingredients and drastically limiting the use of some natural substances, including geraniol. This molecule is found in ingredients frequently used in perfumes, such as lemon, rose, etc.

If a molecule is considered an allergen, it is included in the list of banned or limited-use substances, and this would de facto lead to real upheaval in the perfume industry.

Does the Commission believe that other additional studies would be needed before validating the results of this report and causing this major upheaval in the perfume sector?

If a molecule is considered an allergen, should it automatically be classified as a banned or limited-use product when many allergenic products are authorised without restrictions, particularly in the food sector?

Does the Commission not believe that labelling products considered to be allergens in perfumes would be sufficient, so as to preserve the perfumes’ integral and secret recipes?

Original language of question: FROJ C 35 E, 06/02/2014
Last updated: 8 May 2013Legal notice