Q&A: IFRA's work and COVID-19

Like many associations, IFRA's work is being impacted by COVID-19 - and we are taking steps to continue to serve our members.

How has COVID-19 affected IFRA’s work?

IFRA quickly took action to protect its own staff from risk and to help prevent the spread of the pandemic.

From February 2020, IFRA meetings have been converted into virtual meetings or postponed, and IFRA staff have been working from home in most cases.

Until further notice, IFRA is providing dial-in or video conferencing facilities for all our meetings to ensure business continuity and collaboration with our global network.

In addition to the Global Fragrance Summit (see below), other IFRA events have also been postponed. The IFRA Europe Week, an exhibition, debates and social events originally scheduled for June 2020, has been provisionally rescheduled for June 2021.

What is happening to the Global Fragrance Summit?

Following the COVID-19 outbreak in China and its spread across Asia, IFRA decided in February 2020 to postpone the IFRA Global Fragrance Summit, which had been scheduled for 1-2 April 2020 in Singapore.

The event is now scheduled to take place as a virtual event on Thursday 4 March 2021.

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How will COVID-19 affect timelines for the IFRA Standards?

IFRA’s safe use program, the IFRA Standards, has recently been updated with a new set of rules on the use of certain fragrance ingredients.

On 30 March 2020 the IFRA Board agreed a three-month delay in the originally-published deadlines for compliance with the updated IFRA Standards.

This delay is to support companies whose important reformulation work has been delayed by office closures, disruption to work or absence of employees resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new deadlines are contained in IFRA Information Letter 1089.