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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Working with our colleagues in the flavor industry, IFRA and its members are coming together to launch a new common, voluntary sustainability initiative in 2019, supplementing the work already undertaken by companies.

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 has assembled a global team of experts from member companies to work on a 'Glossary' of positive olfactory descriptors of fragrance materials.

The team, working on the basis of the IFRA Transparency List, is developing this Glossary 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.

The Glossary is inclusive, collaborative, voluntary and open to all companies, large and small.

It will be launched in mid-2019.


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

As a response to certain regulatory developments, IFRA has developed analytical methods to be used as a common tool for the dialogue between the different partners of the fragrance industry.

For example, IFRA developed an analytical method that allows the determination of the presence of potential allergens in fragrance compounds - notably those identified by the European Union's Scientific Committees.

Guidance documents

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.