History

IFRA North America, formerly the Fragrance Materials Association of the United States (FMA), has represented the interests of the fragrance industry in Washington D.C. for many decades.

The association’s origins trace back to the 1920s, when a trade group was formed by essential oils dealers, importers, and processors. The original trade group was named The Essential Oil Dealers Association and later became known as The Essential Oils Association of the United States.

As the fragrance materials industry grew and its representation needs evolved, the trade group transitioned into Fragrance Materials Association of the United States (FMA) and started advocating for the entire spectrum of fragrance ingredients, both of natural and synthetic origin, and for fragrance makers.

In 2011, FMA took on the name off IFRA North America to solidify its on-going connection with the global International Fragrance Association (IFRA) network and as confirmation that members of the fragrance industry in the United Sates, as in other regions of the world, follow IFRA Standards and the IFRA Code of Practice.

Today, IFRA North America represents over 60 companies involved in the trade of fragrances and fragrance ingredients – ranging from multinational fragrance houses to small family-owned businesses. IFRA NA membership also includes companies that support the fragrance manufactures and fragrance materials suppliers.

Our Association has a solid track record of advancing our members’ interests in a challenging and ever changing legislative and regulatory environment in North America and worldwide.