COVID-19 Resource Center

Welcome to the IFRA COVID-19 Resource Center, where you will find a Q&A, statements, news and useful links related to the global fragrance industry's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fragrance and flavor industries' guidance on workplace safety

IFRA, with the support of its sister association IOFI (representing the flavor industry), has developed a new member resource compiling links to official guidance and information on workplace safety in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This document, developed by the IFRA-IOFI Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Committee (SHE), aims to help fragrance and flavor manufacturers ensure a safe work environment for their employees.

Our industry's key role in the fight against coronavirus

The fragrance industry plays a key role in the supply chain for cleaning and disinfecting products, and for hydroalcoholic gels, qualifying its manufacturing facilities as ‘critical infrastructure'.

Read more on MyNewsDesk »

Fragrance industry urges rethink on India COVID-19 import tax

Fragrance manufacturers have urged the Indian government to rethink a proposed COVID-19 import tax that would add a 15 per cent levy to imports.

Read more »

Blogpost: Going beyond the pandemic and shaping the ‘new normal’

We are still counting the human cost of the coronavirus pandemic, but the time is coming for industry leaders to shape our post-COVID-19 world, says IFRA Chairman Hans Holger Gliewe.

Read the blog post on MyNewsDesk »

Key COVID-19 documents

Online meeting tips

COVID-19 has triggered a massive growth in video calls. Click the heading to get our top tips for successful online meetings.

Questions and answers

We have put together a summary of the key questions and answers raised about the fragrance industry and COVID-19.

Click the links below to access the Q&A - and should you have any questions, please get in touch.

Key impacts on IFRA's work

Please see below for a summary of the COVID-19-related impacts on IFRA's work. 

Should you have any questions, please get in touch.


Global Fragrance Summit

The IFRA Global Fragrance Summit in Singapore has been postponed and is now scheduled to take place on a later date in Singapore.

More details are available on our GFS page.


IFRA meetings

IFRA meetings are currently taking place as virtual meetings or are postponed.

Decisions and any additional information regarding IFRA task forces and committees will be communicated by the relevant IFRA staff member.



IFRA's Operations centre in Brussels, Belgium is now open again, with IFRA staff members based in Brussels working partially from the office and partially from home (with teleworking still being recommended by the Belgian federal government).

The same approach is being taken in other countries where IFRA staff are located and governments have implemented a 'stay-at-home' policy.

Useful links for further information

The following organizations have useful resources on COVID-19 relating to the work of our industry and partner industries (please note that IFRA is not responsible for the content of external links):


European Chemical Agency

ECHA extensions to deadlines for industry (4 May 2020)

Speeding up the supply of chemicals in the EU (24 March 2020)

To increase the manufacture and supply of disinfectants on the European market, ECHA is supporting EU/EEA authorities to apply derogations from the normal authorisation requirement for biocidal products.

ECHA to support EU-wide action against COVID-19 (20 March 2020)

COVID-19 hub

European Commission

Press release on increasing production of safe medical supplies, including leave-on hand cleaners and hand disinfectants (30 March 2020)

Q&A on increasing production of safe medical supplies, including leave-on hand cleaners and hand disinfectants (30 March 2020)


Cefic - The European Chemical Industry Council

EU chemical industry offers recommendations to help keep critical supply chains running (18 March 2020)

Following the COVID-19 outbreak and emergency measure taken by governments across the EU, Cefic sent a letter to the European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen with a number of key suggestions our logistic experts have developed to quickly allow easier and faster transport of essential goods throughout Europe.


Fecc - European chemical distribution industry organization

COVID-19 resources, including multi-language posters on safety in the workplace



Cosmetics & Toiletries article: Indian cosmetic legislation delayed in light of COVID-19 (3 June 2020)


World Health Organization (WHO)

Main emergency webpage

Q&A on COVID-19

Global research on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)


World Trade Organization

Dedicated COVID-19 webpage


Pan American Health Organization

Dedicated COVID-19 webpage


International Labour Organization (ILO)

Dedicated webpage: COVID-19 and the world of work

Impact and policy responses


Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) - Contributing to a global effort


John Hopkins University

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE)


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Coronavirus page


National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH)

Coronavirus page


European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Coronavirus page

The Lancet

Coronavirus Resource Centre



Novel Coronavirus Information Center


Monell Chemical Senses Center

Learning Together Through a Pandemic

Coronavirus and anosmia

What is the link between COVID-19 and symptoms of anosmia?

Prof Carl Philpott is Professor of Rhinology & Olfactology at Norwich Medical School, part of the University of East Anglia (UK) and Honorary Consultant at the James Paget University Hospital.

This lecture, delivered on 1 May 2020, was the first online talk hosted by the UK Semiochemistry Network.

Member association COVID-19 sites

Fragrance Creators Association (US and Canada)

COVID-19 Resource Center