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Will EPA regulate the use of fragrances indoors?

The issue of fragrance regulation is complicated by the many different types of fragrances available (each varied in its chemical mixture), the varied types of the products containing these fragrances (e.g., cleaning products, pesticides, perfumes, candles), and the varied uses of these products.  No single federal agency has jurisdiction over all products that have a fragrance or the different types of fragrances (chemical mixtures) that may be used in particular products. As part of its efforts to further understand this issue and its impact on indoor air quality and health, especially asthma,  EPA’s Indoor Environments Division (IED) continues to monitor the research and work with our federal, state and local partners to provide up-to-date science-based information to the public on this and other indoor air quality issues.  However, because EPA’s indoor air program is non-regulatory, we have no authority to regulate levels of any chemicals, including those that make up a particular fragrance, in indoor air.  EPA’s Office of Pesticides (www.epa.gov), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov ) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( www.fda.gov ) do have regulations which cover certain aspects of many products which have fragrances.  However, many of these regulations apply to the impact of the overall product on the user and not necessarily to second-hand exposure to the product’s fragrance or use of the product in public spaces.  FDA does have a reporting program in place for adverse reactions to cosmetics including those with fragrances.  More information on this program is available from FDA http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-comp.html.  In general, regulations, rules, and/or building codes concerning the use of fragranced products in public spaces is generally controlled by local municipalities or building managers.

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  • Topic #: 23002-25255
  • Date Created: 6/4/2007
  • Last Modified Since: 10/12/2010
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