CARB Approves Consumer Product Amendments


California has amended its Consumer Products Regulation, which regulates the permissible levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted regulatory amendments for seven consumer product categories, including limits for personal fragrance products like body mists, body sprays, aftershaves and eau de toilettes.

CARB also approved the sunsetting of the Two Percent Fragrance Exemption in 2031. This has been identified by stakeholders as a rare regulatory action.

Fragrance Creators has narrowed the impact of this regulation, extended compliance deadlines and corrected assumptions about fragrance. However, these amendments require review of existing product formulations. The amendments could reduce fragrance sales and limit consumer choice and future innovation.

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These amendments alter the regulatory framework that has existed for more than 30 years, so compliance will require frequent, consistent communication throughout the supply chain. 

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