It is impossible to imagine the world without fragrance. Smells have always been present and ever since the beginnings of civilisation, humans have been trying to create pleasant fragrances.
However, it has not always been so easy. Research shows that some ancient Egyptian fragrances were full of carcinogens, which may well have precipitated the death of the first female pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut. Today, all fragranced products, fragrances and their ingredients are subject to rigorous regulations to ensure that the ingredients are safe to use and that potential hazards are identified.
The UK body of The International Fragrance Association (IFRA UK) works to support the development and advancement of the British fragrance industry and highlight the benefits of fragrance to our health and wellbeing. Lisa Hipgrave, a perfumer by trade and the Director of IFRA UK, discusses the latest regulatory updates affecting those in the fragrance industry.
Lisa Hipgrave, Director, IFRA UK
1. What role does IFRA UK play in developing and implementing new regulation?
We are not a regulatory body, although many people make the mistake in thinking that we are the ones imposing legal requirements and securing compliance. In fact, IFRA UK is