IFRA - the International Fragrance Association

The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) have far reaching activities including producing IFRA Standards which contain ingredients limits, specifications and prohibitions.The 50th Amendment to the IFRA Standards are currently in place.

Additionally IFRA have a Code of Practice, produce guidance documents and position papers, organize scientific and regulatory committees globally and regionally and undertake advocacy with governments and NGO globally.

Complying with the IFRA Code of Practice is a pre-requisite to IFRA membership and is regularly requested by fragrance clients and Cosmetic Safety Assessors.

For us to undertake an IFRA assessment for a natural ingredient / essential oil, we need confirmation the ingredient is produced in accordance with IFRA standards and a quantitive analysis of the components. Usually this means a GCMS analysis for identification and quantitation details provided by an FID method.

To undertake an IFRA assessment for a fragrance or other mixture, we need confirmation it is produced in accordance with IFRA standards and a quantitive report of the IFRA limited components, or the complete composition.

During an IFRA Assessment, we take an expert review of the data provided and help you with any additional questions. We then provide IFRA Certificates for you, branded with your details too.

If you are particularly interested in training, you may like to visit the TIPA IFRA page.

GHS and CLP - Classifying chemicals and mixtures, including Labels and Safety Data Sheets

GHS is the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, a global agreement about the way to classify and communicate about hazardous chemicals and mixtures. CLP is the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures, the European adoption of GHS. There are many other global variants of GHS.

In scope of GHS are ingredients, fragrances, cleaning products, candles and it can even apply to cosmetics products.

For us to undertake an assessment for GHS or CLP, we need access to the relevant composition information. This can mean access to the whole formulation (or composition in the case of natural ingredients). However, we can also work from Safety Data Sheets as long as they are compliant with the relevant rules.

During a GHS/CLP Assessment, we expertly review the data, check it's sufficient, including relevant classifications of ingredients. We can then provide a variety of reports and documents (branded with your details),including

If you have a specific interest in candle and air care, you might want to view our presentation Candles - The Burning Questions. Although it's a few years old now, the questions and answers are still relevant.

Other Regulations

For a brief guide to regulations affecting fragranced products in EU and how they interlink please see our information on the Fragrance Regulatory Landscape

We assess ingredients and fragrances for many other requirements, so please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of help using