What is the IFRA Transparency List?
IFRA Transparency List is an ordered register of all fragrance
ingredients used in consumer goods by the industry’s customers
It represents a snapshot of all the ingredients
used in active formulas at the time of publication. This includes those
used in very small quantities or only in certain countries or regions.
What types of ingredients are on the List?
There are two main types of ingredient on the List.
Fragrance ingredients are basic substances used for odour or malodour coverage. These ingredients may also be combined as fragrance compounds.
are substances that are not used to provide odour or malodour coverage,
but which are essential for the functionality or durability of a
fragrance ingredient or compound – such as an antioxidant, preservative,
diluent, solvent or colour.
How is the List compiled?
IFRA Transparency List is based on reporting provided by IFRA Members
in the ‘Volume of Use Survey’, which is compiled every four years.
line with our anti-trust obligations, the Survey is anonymous and
confidential. As well as helping us to develop the IFRA Transparency
List, the data provided by the Survey is used for the industry’s safety
Why does the current List have more ingredients than its predecessors?
number of ingredients on this List is greater than in previous years
largely due to the introduction of a new, more refined nomenclature
system for natural products. These products can have various
geographical origins, be extracted via different processes, and come
from different parts of the plant.
We therefore employ a system
that provides greater detail and transparency than the Chemical
Abstracts Service (CAS) number system.
Are new ingredients automatically assessed for safety?
most recent Volume of Use Survey, which took place in 2015/2016, is the
last under which reported ingredients are automatically fed into the
Safety Assessment Program run by the Research Institute for Fragrance
From now on, any ingredient not previously
reported will need to be added to the RIFM database. RIFM will assess
only those ingredients for which it receives samples and exposure
In all cases, the manufacturing company must
demonstrate the safety of a product it places on the market, either via a
RIFM safety assessment or a company safety assessment.
Download the Transparency list