Advancing RIFM’s Science: RIFM and Korean Institute Sign MoU
On May 11, the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) met in Tokyo, Japan, with the Korean Cosmetic Industry Institute (KCII) to finalize details on a collaboration for fragrance safety assessment and regulatory information.
The Tokyo meeting followed up on an earlier RIFM-KCII meeting in March of this year, during which the parties discussed potential collaboration opportunities and agreed to exchange safety data on cosmetics and ingredients and collaborate on relevant training courses.
MOU Signing: RIFM and KCII Commit to Collaboration
KCII and RIFM share a common interest in evaluating fragrance ingredients and naturals for human health and environmental safety, including cosmetics products and components.
Representatives of RIFM and KCII recently concluded that the two organizations have, in principle, a basis for collaborative work for the benefit of both institutes and their respective stakeholders, recognizing the importance of standardization in evaluating the safety of fragrance ingredients and naturals.
“The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding, or MoU, with KCII marks another significant step forward in ensuring that the world can safely enjoy their favorite fragranced products,” said RIFM President Anne Marie Api, PhD.
In 2018, RIFM signed similar MoUs with India’s Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP) and India Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR), which led to an ongoing collaboration that included the independent reproduction and verification of RIFM’s Fragrance Safety Assessments.
“RIFM’s scientists collaborate with a vast array of fragrance safety stakeholders in conducting and disseminating their research,” Dr. Api continued. “The benefits of these collaborations include access to expanded expertise, less duplication of effort, learning opportunities for everyone involved, and the expanded adoption of RIFM’s science worldwide.”