The 2013 IDEA workshop dedicated to the characterization of fragrance allergens led to the conclusion that time and resources should be spent on the improvement of the communication between the industry and the dermatology community. The workshop participants agreed that the main objective of this group is to arrive at a commonly accepted information exchange procedure, which enables an improved communication between the industry and the dermatology community. This communication would be two-sided:
- From the industry to the dermatologists: provide pure reference materials and fractions of fragrances in order to facilitate the diagnosis of contact dermatitis
- From the dermatologists to the industry: provide the result of clinical testing in order to feed the risk management process.
Based on these recommendations, a task force has been formed to address the issue. All scientific experts invited in this IDEA workshop were welcome to join the effort.
The following people expressed interest in this action item and, therefore, are members of the IDEA Categorization TF:
Anne Marie Api (RIFM), Michèle Elbaz (Chanel), Graham Ellis (Givaudan), Nicola Gilmour (Unilever), Peter Griem (Symrise), Maya Krasteva (L’Oréal), Scott Schneider (Firmenich), Florian Schellauf (Cosmetics Europe) and Axel Schnuch (IVDK / University of Göttingen). Hans Bender, Matthias Vey and Fred Lebreux will moderate this task force and take care of all its logistical / technical aspects.
The kick-off conference call of this task force took take place on June 4th and the final minutes of this event can be downloaded from this page. The outcome of the TF's activities will be presented at the next IDEA workshop dedicated to the characterization of fragrance allergens to be held on September 23-25, 2014.