Our commitment to transparency

We live in the information age: in 2017 more data was created in one year than in the previous 5,000 years of human existence. People have grown used to information being made available by institutions, companies and individuals.

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

Our transparency tools

The IFRA Code of Practice sets out clearly and publicly what is expected of IFRA Members, particularly in relation to application of the IFRA Standards.

The IFRA Standards themselves are based on a ingredient-specific safety assessment process established with the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM). This process, which is overseen by an independent Expert Panel, is explained in the Standards section of this website.

We take the lead in banning or restricting materials that do not meet rigorous criteria. The IFRA Standards currently cover nearly 200 fragrance ingredients.

The IFRA Volume of Use Survey proactively responds to consumer demands for more information about fragrance ingredients. The Survey allows us to compile a global, sector-wide picture of all the fragrance ingredients used by IFRA Members around the world - regardless of quantity or location.

The IFRA Transparency List is developed on the basis of the Volume of Use Survey. It details the ‘palette’ of ingredients used by IFRA Members - including Regular Members, Supporting Members and members of National Associations - who represent approximately 90 per cent of the global fragrance industry by production volume.