The European Commission (EC) has announced a public consultation on fragrance allergens as part of its response to the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety’s (SCCs’s) July 2012 recommendations for tighter regulation of perfume ingredients. With an aim “to protect consumers against fragrance allergens while preserving the competitive edge of the European fragrance industry,” the EC specifically seeks feedback on its proposal to (i) subject substances to new labeling restrictions; (ii) ban the substances HICC, atranol and chloroatranol, which have apparently been found to pose health risks; and (iii) continue studies to establish safe concentration levels for substances of special concern. an estimated 1 to 3 percent of Europeans experience skin allergies evidently caused by fragrances Comments will be accepted until may 14, 2014.