The Natural Products Association (NPA) announced a change in their certification practices this week. Starting September 1, 2010, the Natural Products Association (NPA) will require that only all natural fragrances will be allowed in finished natural products that receive certification with their Natural Standard for Personal Care Products program. This change eliminates absolutes, concretes and purely synthetic fragrance chemicals.
Essential Oils will still be allowed in NPA certified products. The NPA announced that they will publish an updated “allowed processes” appendix to include extraction, expression and steam distillation to encourage these manufacturing processes for fragrance. Companies will be required to submit a qualitative list to the NPA that includes the INCI name and CAS number of each component in the composition.
Cara Welch, Ph.D., the NPA’s scientific and regulatory affairs manager, said, “This new requirement is the first step of many in the evolution of the standard, as the association continually moves towards strengthening the standard.”