Expert Panel


The Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) is the global scientific resource on fragrance ingredients for consumers, official agencies and the industry. RIFM's activities are reviewed by an independent Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety, which provides strategic guidance, determines scientific study design and interprets test results for relevance to human health and environmental protection.

The Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety selects its own members, who serve on a rotating basis. It is comprised of internationally known academic dermatologists, pathologists, toxicologists and environmental scientists. Additional expertise is provided by adjunct groups with knowledge in genetic toxicity, respiratory science, reproductive effects, environmental fate and epidemiology. The Panel determines safety of use for fragrance ingredients through consideration of available information and active generation of additional data. Its conclusions are presented to professional, scientific and medical societies and are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. When important for consumer and environmental protection, decisions of the Expert Panel regarding restrictions of use are published as IFRA Standards.


Prof. Donald V. Belsito, MD (Chair) - Leonard C. Harber Professor of Dermatology
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

Dr. I. Glenn Sipes, PhD (Vice Chair) - Professor & Department Head
Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Prof. Magnus Bruze, MD - Professor
Department of Occupational & Environmental Dermatology
Malmo University Hospital, Malmo, Sweden

Dr. G. Allen Burton, Jr., PhD - Prof. and Director
Cooperative Institute for Limnology & Ecosystems Research
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Jochen Buschmann, Head of Reproductive Toxicology
Fraunhofer Inst. for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine, Hannover, Germany

Prof. Maria L. Z. Dagli, DVM, PhD - Professor,
Veterinary Pathologist Department of Pathology,
School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dekant
Institut fuer Toxikologie
Universitaet Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany

Prof. Allison D. Fryer, PhD - Prof. of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Oregon Health Science University, Portland, OR, USA

Dr. Daniel C. Liebler, PhD
Center in Molecular Toxicology, Department of Biochemistry
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN USA

Prof. Trevor M. Penning, PhD
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA USA

Dr. Terry Schultz - Professor Emeritus
Depts. Comparative Medicine and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

Prof. Yoshiki Takura, MD, PhD
Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan