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.
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'.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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)
Cefic - The European Chemical Industry Council
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
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Trade Organization
Pan American Health Organization
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
John Hopkins University
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH)
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
Monell Chemical Senses Center
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.
Fragrance Creators Association (US and Canada)