IFRA and COVID-19 (coronavirus)

The current coronavirus outbreak has now extended to all parts of the world and is touching all of our daily lives. It has led IFRA to take a series of decisions relating to our work.

Please see below for a summary of actions taken in reaction to the outbreak and the spread of the COVID-19 disease. 

Should you have any questions, please get in touch.


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Global Fragrance Summit

The IFRA Global Fragrance Summit in Singapore has been postponed and is now scheduled to take place on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 November. The location remains Singapore.

All registrations previously made remain valid for the new dates, and further information will follow.

More details are available on our GFS page.

Should you have any questions, please contact us at GFS@ifraorg.org.

IFRA meetings

IFRA meetings planned in any of the ‘hotspot’ countries will be turned to virtual meetings or postponed (currently until the end of April 2020).

Until further notice, we will provide call-in for all our meetings to ensure business continuity and collaboration.

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

Travel and teleworking

IFRA, as well as our members and client companies, have put severe travel and meeting restrictions in place, on top of those already announced by many governments. 

In addition, some governments have implemented a 'stay-at-home' policy, closing public places, shops, schools and places of workshop.

In Belgium - IFRA's Operations centre - the decisions taken by the federal government will have an impact on our work, and IFRA staff members will be working from home as a result.


We have received some questions from members and stakeholders about the potential impact of COVID-19 on sourcing and on the safety of materials.

So far, we have had no reports of any possible transmission of the virus via natural ingredients. We will continue to monitor the situation.