The International Fragrance Association, North America (IFRA North America) Statement on Fragrance Safety

Fragrances add life to our lives – they evoke the most emotional responses of all the senses. Through scents, we strengthen the bonds with others, like mother and baby, or a new couple in love. Scent can recall familiar moments in our lives and refresh our spirit and sense of wellbeing. Indeed, fragrances matter.

Because scent is profoundly powerful and personal, the fragrance industry appreciates that consumers want to know about the safety of fragrance materials used in products.

Fragrances are one of the most highly tested ingredients in the consumer product marketplace. For nearly fifty years, the fragrance industry has led the charge on safety with its robust management program that generates and evaluates data, considers consumer use of ingredients, and restricts or bans materials when scientifically necessary.

Materials used by the fragrance industry have been evaluated by the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM). RIFM’s safety program has been in place longer than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

All of RIFM’s research is reviewed by an independent Expert Panel – an international group of dermatologists, pathologists, toxicologists environmental and respiratory scientists that have no commercial ties to the fragrance industry. The Expert Panel reviews protocols and evaluates all scientific findings. The Expert Panel’s conclusions form the basis for the safety Standards set by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA).

For decades, the fragrance industry has been committed to transparency and consumer knowledge. IFRA details all the ingredients utilized by its members on the IFRA Transparency List ( This list is freely available for anyone to read and review. Perfumers utilize this “palette” to mix and match ingredients to create scents enjoyed all over the world.

Fragrances are subject to multiple levels of regulations and governmental oversight. In the United States, the fragrance industry is regulated by many government agencies including:
o Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

o Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

o Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) o Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
o Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
o Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
o Department of Transportation (DOT)

Fragrances are subject to over a dozen Federal laws, including:
o Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (FDCA)
o Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
o Clean Water Act (CWA)
o Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA)

In addition, fragrances are subject to multiple state and local laws and regulations.

We remain committed to providing safe products. The fragrance industry develops scents under the robust IFRA Code of Practice and formulates them using formal Good Manufacturing Practices. These practices are used to mitigate health and safety concerns.

We are proud to play an important role in the lives of consumers who use and enjoy scents everyday. We look forward to providing safe and enjoyable fragrances to consumers who love them for years to come.

Updated: June 30, 2016

About IFRA North America

IFRA North America represents the vast majority of all fragrances developed and sold in the United States and Canada. Our member companies create and manufacture fragrances and scents for home care, personal care, home design and industrial and institutional products, all of which are marketed by consumer goods companies. IFRA North America also represents companies that supply fragrance ingredients, such as essential oils and other raw materials, used in perfumery and fragrance mixtures.