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International Fragrance Association (IFRA)

What is IFRA?

The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) was founded in 1973 in Geneva to represent the collective interests of the fragrance industry. It is the global representative body of the fragrance industry. It seeks to promote the safe use of fragrances.

IFRA promotes its members' sense of creativity and encourages a sense of enjoyment in their products. It also seeks to understand consumers’ needs and requires members of IFRA to be responsible for customer safety and satisfaction.

IFRA also has a scientific centre, the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM), which allows the IFRA regulatory team to make sure that usage standards for fragrance materials are put into practice according to “best practice” scientific methods, and also to ensure that member companies voluntarily comply with those standards. This voluntary approach enables the IFRA standards to be adopted very rapidly by fragrance houses worldwide and by the industry as a whole.

All of RIFM’s scientific findings are evaluated by an independent, scientific Expert Panel — an international group of dermatologists, pathologists, toxicologists and environmental scientists with absolutely no bias or underlying ties to the fragrance industry.

IFRA also publishes a Code of Practice that applies to the manufacture and handling of all fragrance materials, for all types of applications and contains the full set of IFRA Standards.

Abiding by the IFRA Code of Practice is a prerequisite for all fragrance supplier companies that are members of IFRA (through their national or regional associations). Currently IFRA members supply 90% of the global market for fragrance compounds.

Scent Australia Home is committed to adhering to IFRA standards and guidelines and we will only ever use 100% IFRA compliant fragrances.