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Global fragrance industry reorganizes its network of associations

The fragrance industry is reorganizing its network of regional and national associations with the aim to achieve greater efficiencies.

Once the reorganization is complete there will be four Regional bodies under the one global IFRA brand covering North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. These four Regions will be represented on the IFRA Board as Association Members and have voting rights divided according to their respective market share. The rest of the votes will be split among companies that are currently IFRA members (Firmenich, Givaudan, IFF, Robertet, Symrise and Takasago International).

As a consequence of this reorganization, national associations wishing to join will no longer have to pay dues to IFRA. The key obligation for membership will be to comply with the IFRA Code of Practice and in particular the IFRA Standards. On the other hand, they will no longer receive funds from IFRA’s member companies, who will now only fund national associations through an IFRA’s central funding mechanism for projects with global implications.

Globally the fragrance industry invests approximately USD 14 million per year across its research and association network. This realignment will concentrate resources enabling a more effective response to the growing societal, regulatory and scientific issues being faced by the modern fragrance industry,” said IFRA in a release.

As part of the restructuring the European Flavour & Fragrance Association (EFFA) will concentrate exclusively on flavours. The eight European national associations [1] have now joined IFRA as Association Members. Meanwhile the Fragrance Materials Association of the United States, better known as FMA, has formally agreed to begin doing business as IFRA North America.

The next phase of the reorganization will be for the Latin American and Asia-Pacific members to formally establish their two Regional Committees completing the global branding of the regional bodies under the IFRA name and logo.

Rebranding our global association network under the IFRA name and logo will help us communicate more consistently the core values of IFRA worldwide,” said Jean-Pierre Houri, IFRA Director General.

Vincent Gallon


[1] The eight national European associations are: Germany (DVRH), France (PRODAROM), Italy (Federchimica Assospecifici), Netherlands (NEA), Spain (AEFAA), Switzerland (SFFIA), Turkey (AREP) and UK (BFA).

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