IFEAT, in its continuing support of the industry, has provided the possibility for members to join learning programmes and studies on the many aspects of the essential oils and aroma trades.

Following the successful completion of the programmes, students are awarded the IFEAT Flavourist and Perfumery Diplomas.


Flavourist Course

IFEAT is supporting this programme of training modules which has been developed in association with the British Society of Flavourists. The Programme, held within the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Reading, will provide the foundation on which to build a career as a flavourist.

Full information and details of the next course will be posted on the university’s website:

If you require any further information, then please contact the Department on:
Tel: +44 (0) 118 378 8700, Fax: +44 (0) 118 931 0080 or email: [email protected]


Aroma Trades Studies (Perfumes and Flavours)

ICATS (The International Centre for Aroma Trades Studies) has been providing bespoke distance learning courses specifically designed for professionals in the global Aroma Trades industry (flavours and fragrances) for well over a decade.

Study on the ICATS programmes (which are aimed at postgraduate learners or those with industry experience) either leads to an industry-recognised full IFEAT Diploma in Aroma Trades Studies (Flavour or Fragrance), or certification for selected modules completed. Designed and written by world-leading industry experts it aims to suit all CPD needs within the Aroma Trades. All awards are validated by IFEAT and fully endorsed by The British Society of Perfumers, The British Society of Flavourists and IFRA UK.

A 20% discount is available to students representing IFEAT Member companies!

If you would like any further information, then please contact: Sharon Heard, Course Administrator on: [email protected]

For information on this course, visit the course website at:

Download the ICATS Autumn 2019 newsletter

Download the ICATS Spring 2020 Newsletter

Download the ICATS Autumn 2020 Newsletter

Download the ICATS Summer 2021 Newsletter

Download the ICATS Winter 2021 Newsletter

Download the ICATS Summer 2022 Newsletter


ISEO Sponsorship

For several years now IFEAT has given financial support for the participation of 20 young scientists students at the annual International Symposium on Essential Oils (ISEO).  This annual scientific meeting of researchers and industrialists is a globally recognised forum for information on new technologies and natural raw materials of interest to the Flavour and Fragrance industry, especially essential oils and other natural complex substances (NCS). The IFEAT grant enables some of the top students from around the world to attend and ISEO has acknowledged the benefits of IFEAT funding.  The highly successful working cooperation between the two organisations has been further strengthened due to increased collaboration with sister industry associations as it is one of the focus areas for IFEAT’s Chief Scientific Officer, Jonathan Bonello, who has become a member of the ISEO Permanent Scientific Committee.

In recent years the ISEO has taken place as follows:

Lublin, Poland from 13 to 16 September 2015 – 150 participants from 34 countries ISEO 2015 REPORT

Nice, France from 11 to 14 September 2016

Pécs, Hungary from 10 to 13 September 2017 – 152 participants from 32 countries ISEO 2017 REPORT

Nis, Serbia from 13 to 16 September 2018 – 133 participants from 31 countries ISEO 2018 REPORT

Vienna, Austria from 9 to 11 September 2019 – over 200 participants mainly from Europe but also from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Guatemala, Iran, Israel, Japan, Mongolia, New Caledonia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA. ISEO2019_IFEAT_REPORT      Acknowledgment IFEAT 2019 

The 51st International Symposium on Essential Oils (ISEO) was held online from 12 to 14 November 2021 and once again IFEAT proudly sponsored the attendance of 20 young scientists:

On the first day of the Symposium, Alain Frix (IFEAT’s Scientific Committee Chair) and Jonathan Bonello (IFEAT’s Chief Scientific Officer) gave a presentation on “Why are essential oils so important for the present and future renewability of the F&F industry?” during Session One and Jonathan Bonello co-chaired Session Two.

IFEAT received the following acknowledgment of its support: Certificate of Appreciation 2021

The 52nd ISEO will take place in Wroclaw, Poland from 4th to 7th September 2022, please refer to their website for more information:

WOCMAP Sponsorship

In 2019, IFEAT was also a proud sponsor of the 6th World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (WOCMAP VI) which took place  from 13-17 November 2019 in Famagusta, Northern Cyprus.  IFEAT sponsored the registration fees of 10 young scientist and kindly received a certificate of thanks from WOCMAP.

More information can be found on the WOCMAP 2019 website:

The WOCMAP VII will take place in 2024 in North America.






In recent years, IFEAT has been investing finances and time on behalf of the global trade in essential oils and aroma chemicals funding two projects the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) project and the Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) generally recognized as safe (GRAS) program.



Established in 1960, the Flavour and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) GRAS program, is the most extensive and longest-running industry generally recognized as safe (GRAS) program. The International Organisation of the Flavour Industry (IOFI) and the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades (IFEAT) are jointly funding and driving an ongoing project to conduct GRAS re-affirmations of approximately 300 Natural Complex Substances (NCS). Given the long period since the original GRAS evaluation of many NCS materials it is important for the safety evaluation to capture the full variability of NCS used in commerce.

Begun in 2014, the work is being conducted in phases over several years with IFEAT taking a lead role. The chemical profiles and usage of NCS materials has been compiled into a database for examination by the FEMA Expert Panel. Similar materials have been grouped and those groups have been prioritized based on their usage as well as on their chemical and toxicological profiles.

The evaluation of the NCSs was performed by the Expert Panel of FEMA and the program was completed in early 2020. There have been five calls for data so far covering 271 NCSs. Evaluations successfully reaffirmed GRAS status for 205 of the selected NCSs. There remain 66 NCSs for which additional data is required (22) or for which no data was received (44). Therefore, a 6th Call for Data is being prepared with FEMA to cover:

(i) completing data for items that have received partial or no information so far

(ii) materials that are at risk of not being supported in future for lack of data

(iii) materials which have not been captured yet, but which have socio-economic impact

(iv) low usage / single source materials, specialties or extracts that are strategic to the industry

(v) new materials

This 6th Call for Data is unlikely to run before 2022 for budgetary reasons.

Finally, IFEAT continues to strengthen its collaboration with FEMA through participation in the FEMA Science Affairs Committee and the FEMA Supply Chain & Sustainability Committee. In addition, John Cavallo, one of the senior FEMA Board Governors, has been invited to participate as an expert observer at the IFEAT Scientific Committee meetings.



The Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM), based in New Jersey, USA, is an independent organisation whose function is the evaluation of fragrance materials, has been working on assessment of Natural Complex Substances (NCS) per se. Insufficient evaluations of essential oils as single substances have traditionally been performed based on composition. With this fresh look at the NCSs we expect that a new perspective of their safety will be affirmed. The project began in 2014 and was completed in December 2020.

The objective of this project is to keep building a recognised database on the safety of NCSs that is accessible to our members. The Executive Committee believes this information will be invaluable in promoting the safe use of our products to our governments, regulatory bodies and to the public in general. The final study reports and data resulting from these studies are included in the RIFM database. All IFEAT Members needing these study reports for a regulatory submission or similar uses will have unrestricted access.

Complete analysis of the genotoxicity endpoints includes all three tests: BluescreenTM, AMES and in vitro micronucleus tests. Essentially, the sequence of tests aims to determine whether a given chemical can cause mutations in the DNA of the test organism. Of the original 100 NCSs selected 18 had been held back as test data already exists for REACH. A total of 82 NCSs were thus submitted since 2014 (samples received mostly through IFEAT EC and Members). Testing for all 82 NCSs has now been completed and all have tested negatively, meaning that the whole oil does not present a genotoxicity hazard under the test conditions and according to existing standards.

Based on this successful project and as a next step in strengthening mutual relations, RIFM and IFEAT have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2020 that will see IFEAT contributing financially to the RIFM Safety Assessment of NCSs, a 5-year program launched in 2020 and that is expected to cover an additional approximately 600 NCSs of relevance to IFEAT Members by 2025. Priority will be based on NCSs for which data is already available as well as volume of use surveys and some IFEAT. The pilot program of 22 NCS Safety Assessments is complete and submitted to the RIFM Safety Expert Panel. A further 31 NCSs will be processed in 2021, and an additional 99 NCSs in 2022 (pending IFRA NCS Task Force substance review).

In parallel, it was agreed in late 2020 that the IFEAT Executive Committee Chair and Scientific Chair would participate at RIFM Board meetings and, likewise, the Chair of the RIFM Board of Directors would attend IFEAT Executive Committee meetings. In addition, the IFEAT Chief Scientific Officer would attend the RIFM Advisory Committee meetings and the RIFM President would attend IFEAT Scientific Committee meetings.



IFEAT has continued to host and be an active member of the G5 Heads of Associations group, which aims to ensure a global coordination of NCS related strategies and to avoid unnecessary duplication by facilitating a coordinated approach through constant alignment and regular communication. IFEAT is also an integral part of the NCS Advisory Group (NAG), an inter-association body ensuring the global coordination of ongoing activities on NCSs along the value chain by upstream and downstream associations, representing the Flavour and Fragrance (F&F) industry and NCS producers, importers, and traders worldwide. The NCS Advisory Group aims at aligning and communicating activities to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort in these undertakings, which would be costly and might lead to conflicting outcomes. Both G5 and NAG are composed of senior management members from various Flavour & Fragrance Associations including IFEAT, RIFM, IFRA, IOFI, EFEO and FEMA.

History of the 40 years of IFEAT!


Read Peter Greenhalgh’s “History of IFEAT” series. The full version in a book was given as a gift at the Athens Fortieth Anniversary Conference 2017. Each of these articles has been included in past issues of IFEATWORLD.




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