Enhancing understanding of fragrance and its benefits

The International Fragrance Association brings together fragrance ingredient manufacturers and compounders to represent their collective interests and promote the safe use and enjoyment of fragrances worldwide. 

As well as the traditional advocacy role of a trade association - working with regulators and policymakers to help shape a fair, stable and sustainable legal environment - IFRA also has a self-regulatory role, through its Code of Practice and the IFRA Standards.

But IFRA also has a wider role: first, to provide services and common tools to its members; and second, to engage in public dialogue to deepen understanding of the benefits of fragrance and the fragrance industry.

To fulfil these roles, IFRA has established several initiatives aimed at members and the wider public.



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Sustainability Charter

The IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter is a collective effort to raise the bar for sustainability in the flavor and fragrance sectors.

Our new, voluntary framework demonstrates our sense of responsibility and our commitment to making the difference for the planet, for people and for our business.

Our Charter is open, inclusive and comprehensive, taking a life-cycle approach and giving the opportunity and tools for everyone in our industries to contribute to a brighter and more sustainable future.

Value of Fragrance

We all know how fragrance brings value to our lives: a perfume that evokes memories; the comfort given by fresh-smelling laundry; the clean feeling provided by a fragranced shower gel.

But fragrance also brings economic and social value: €7.2bn in Value Added from fragrance manufacturing and blending, and 415,000 jobs throughout the value chain, according to a report by consultancy firm PwC.

Click the link to find out more about the contribution of our industry in terms of jobs and value created and understand our role as an innovative, sophisticated and global industry.


How do you define a smell?

IFRA assembled a global team of experts from member companies to work on the IFRA Fragrance Ingredient Glossary (FIG) - a compendium of positive olfactory descriptors of fragrance materials.

The team, working on the basis of the IFRA Transparency List, developed the FIG primarily as a business-to-business tool.

The intention is to provide a common language for fragrance manufacturers and their customers (consumer goods companies and fine fragrance producers) and aid mutual understanding.

Click the link to find out more about the FIG and how to obtain the Glossary.


IFRA has taken a series of voluntary steps to enhance transparency and provide information to our stakeholders, customers and consumers.

As well as the IFRA Code of Practice and the IFRA Standards, we publish the IFRA Transparency List, which details the ‘palette’ of ingredients used by IFRA Members and which is based on the IFRA Volume of Use Survey.

Click the links on the right to read more about transparency and to consult the IFRA Transparency List.


IDEA (International Dialogue for the Evaluation of Allergens) is a multi-stakeholder project designed to provide a broadly agreed and transparent framework for assessing fragrance sensitizers globally.  

It is an opportunity to build partnerships between the European Commission, the international fragrance industry and other key stakeholders, such as dermatologists, to improve the risk assessment of those fragrance ingredients identified as allergens for better consumer protection.

Analytical methods and guidance

IFRA issues a series of guidance documents to support its members in their work - helping them to ensure the continued safe use and enjoyment of fragrance materials in a way that respects health and the environment.

The documents include analytical methods developed by IFRA in response to certain regulatory demands, for use between the different partners of the fragrance industry.

Global Fragrance Summit

The Global Fragrance Summit is IFRA's annual meeting dedicated to discussing the political, economic, scientific and regulatory trends affecting our industry.

The 2020 Global Fragrance Summit takes place in Singapore on 1-2 April with the theme 'Sharing Ideas, Moving Forward’, and follows IFRA’s two previous annual meetings in Barcelona and Paris.