A sense of responsibility

Fragrances inspire a range of positive emotions, such as joy, pleasure, cleanliness and attraction.

And thanks to the work of IFRA and the fragrance industry, they can also inspire trust and confidence.

As the fragrance industry, we take seriously our responsibility to care for people and the environment.

We set and stick to high standards in our work, employing rigorous safety assessment and management measures with independent oversight.

As the fragrance industry, we take seriously our responsibility to care for people and the environment.

The IFRA Code of Practice and IFRA Standards are the key tools we employ to ensure the safe use and enjoyment of fragrance.

The Code and Standards are mandatory for all members, including members of national associations, covering around 90% of the fragrance industry by production volume.

The Standards are based on state-of-the-art scientific assessments provided by the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, overseen by an independent Expert Panel.

IFRA then sets Standards – bans or limits on certain ingredients – that are internationally recognised as an effective system of self-regulation.

By working together with perfumers, scientists, healthcare professionals and public authorities, we seek to strike the balance between freedom for creativity and the need for consumer confidence.

We seek a balance: giving people the pleasure they desire and the protection they deserve.

We also take seriously our responsibility to care for our shared environment and to be sustainable.

This means more than just ‘being green’.

Instead, we take a holistic approach to sustainability in all aspects and throughout the fragrance value chain – looking at how we interact with suppliers, customers, employees, communities and stakeholders.

We use a wide range of raw materials, sourced from natural and synthetic origin, seeking to deliver high-quality products that respect the environment and communities around the world.

Again, our watchword is balance: it is not a case of ‘natural good, synthetic bad’. Instead, we take an ‘origin-neutral’ approach to both environmental protection and safety assessments.