James C. Romine Is Named RIFM's New President



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Woodcliff Lake, N. J. (July 1, 2015)— RIFM’s Board of Directors Chair, Michael Carlos, announced today, “The new president of the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, Inc. (RIFM) is James C. Romine, Ph.D.” Dr. Romine was V. P., Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs at DuPont in Wilmington, Del. He succeeds David K. Wilcox, Ph.D., who retired May 1, 2015.

Dr. Romine was the first to lead DuPont’s functional competency for managing product stewardship and regulatory compliance in all markets and geographies. He joined DuPont in 1980 in Richmond, Va., as a Research Chemist in the Nomex® fiber business. During the course of his career with DuPont, Dr. Romine had assignments in the DuPont Fibers Department Pioneering Research Laboratory, as Manager of the Nylon Textile Technical Group supporting new product development and manufacturing operations; as R&D Manager for the Polymer Engineering Group in Central Research & Development and in the Lycra® Group as the Global New Product Manager. In 1998, Dr. Romine was appointed Science Director for Leveraged Information and Research Services and in 2001 assumed the leadership of Central Research’s Materials Science and Engineering division before serving as Managing Director for DuPont’s Corporate Plans.

Dr. Romine received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan.

“Based on his varied experience, I am confident that Dr. Romine will contribute to the success of RIFM both in the scientific field and as a caring leader of the team,” said Mr. Carlos.

RIFM is the international scientific authority for the safe use of fragrance materials. RIFM generates, evaluates and distributes scientific data on the safety assessment of fragrance raw materials found in personal and household care products. Through extensive research, testing and constant monitoring of all scientific literature available, RIFM maintains its Database as the most comprehensive source worldwide of physical-chemical, toxicological and eco-toxicological data associated with known fragrance and flavor materials. RIFM’s scientific findings are evaluated by an independent Expert Panel—an international group of dermatologists, pathologists, toxicologists, reproduction, respiratory and environmental scientists. The Expert Panel evaluates the safety of fragrance ingredients under conditions of intended use and publishes its results in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The decisions of the Expert Panel regarding restrictions of use are published as IFRA Standards. For more information about RIFM, explore this web site or e-mail