Self Regulation in the Fragrance Industry

In 1973, in response to early concerns about fragrance allergies, the fragrance industry—through its international trade association, IFRA—established a Code of Practice. The code is a comprehensive document that supports IFRA’s commitment to provide products that are safe for use by the consumer and to the environment.

The Code of Practice applies to the manufacture and handling of all fragrance materials for all types of applications and contains the full set of IFRA Standards. Abiding by the IFRA Code of Practice is a prerequisite for all fragrance supplier companies that are members of IFRA (either directly or through national/regional associations). The majority of international client companies (including producers of toiletries and household products) expect their fragrances to comply with IFRA Standards as set out in the code.