About IFRA


The IFRA Standards – helping you to enjoy fragrance with confidence

We see fragrance as a safe and essential part of life: it has the power to trigger a range of positive emotions and enhance lives. To ensure that you and your family can have trust in fragranced products, and to respect our shared environment, the fragrance industry has developed a system to manage the safe use of fragrance: the IFRA Standards.

The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) is the global representative body of the fragrance industry. It seeks to represent the collective interests of the industry and promote the safe use of fragrances.
The Association was founded in 1973 and has its head office in Geneva, Switzerland and its operations centre in Brussels, Belgium. Its members are eight multinational companies (known as ‘Regular Members’) and 21 national associations covering 23 countries. There are eight ‘Supporting Members’ from countries where and IFRA does not have a national association.

IFRA is the official self-regulatory representative body of the fragrance industry worldwide. Its main purpose is to ensure the safety of fragrance materials through a dedicated science program. IFRA publishes a list of usage standards for fragrance materials, limiting or prohibiting the use of ingredients, based on the findings of the Research Institute of Fragrance Materials, which gathers data regarding the safety of fragrance materials.