12/14/21 - A remarkable year for the science supporting fragrance safety

This year, scientists at the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) worked relentlessly to ensure that everyone can safely enjoy their favorite fragranced products. As a result, RIFM moved the science supporting fragrance safety assessment forward considerably, completing a record-breaking 11 research papers that provide insights and methodologies to expand our understanding and further avoid expensive, time-consuming, and unethical animal and human testing.

7/14/21 - RIFM & SenzaGen further expand collaboration

“Skin sensitization from fragrance ingredients is a rare but serious allergic response,” RIFM Senior Scientist Mihwa Na, PhD, explains, “which is why RIFM works to scientifically identify the dose below which we would not expect a fragrance ingredient to induce this condition.”

6/16/21 - Ask a RIFM Scientist: What environmental research does RIFM conduct?

Because science is a constantly evolving understanding of our world, the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) conducts research to refine its environmental hazard and risk safety assessments.

4/14/21 - Ask a RIFM Scientist: How does RIFM support environmental safety?

RIFM works to ensure that we can all enjoy our favorite fragranced products while maintaining ecological health.

4/5/21 - 30th anniversary of an era-shifting olfactory study

Thirty years ago today—on April 5, 1991—Linda Buck and Richard Axel ushered in the modern era of olfaction

3/30/21 - RIFM and IIVS to collaborate on non-animal tech to identify respiratory allergens

RIFM is collaborating with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) to develop an in vitro test designed to assess potential respiratory allergens.

3/16/21 - Reproducing RIFM’s science-based work in India

As part of an ongoing collaboration, the Government of India’s Institute of Toxicology Research recently confirmed RIFM's science-based safety assessment process .

3/11/21 - RIFM’s safety science featured at upcoming toxicology conference

A new video spotlighting RIFM's fragrance safety science will be featured at SOT

3/3/21 - RIFM and SenzaGen expand collaboration, focus on skin sensitization

RIFM is collaborating with SenzaGen, a biotech company that has developed a skin assay called GARD™ (Genomic Allergen Rapid Detection), which predicts the ability of ingredients to induce skin sensitization.

12/15/20 - Advancing the science to support the safe use of fragrances

This year has marked a watershed for RIFM’s Research program. RIFM’s scientists published five groundbreaking, peer-reviewed papers in 2020 that enhance our understanding of fragrance ingredients’ safety, providing insights and methodologies to help further avoid expensive, time-consuming, and unethical animal and human testing.

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