The Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) was formed in 1966 to analyze, evaluate and distribute scientific data, cooperate with official agencies and encourage safety standards for the use of fragrance ingredients.
To be the international scientific authority for the safe use of fragrance materials.
Engage in research and evaluation of fragrance materials through an independent Expert Panel
Gather, analyze and publish scientific information
Distribute scientific data and safety assessment judgments to RIFM members, industry associations and other interested parties
RIFM’s priority research areas
Maintain an active dialogue with official international agencies
- Respiratory - Understand and manage exposure
- Fragrance Allergy - Reduce incidence of clinical allergy
- Human Health Methods
- Provide alternative techniques
- Environmental Methods
- Predict and monitor environmental fate
- Group Testing
- Characterize structural classes and ingredients
- Use Level Support
- Determine safe use and IFRA Standards
All scientific findings are evaluated by RIFM's Expert Panel. The Panel is an independent and international group of dermatologists, pathologists, environmental scientists and toxicologists. It advises RIFM on strategic approach, reviews protocols and evaluates all of RIFM's scientific findings. The Panel's evaluations are used by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) to develop standards on fragrance material usage.
RIFM's staff scientists reach out to the international fragrance industry through electronic bulletins about progress in environmental testing, respiratory research and skin sensitivity testing, publication of the latest results in peer-reviewed scientific publications and by in-person presentations at professional societies, individual companies, government agencies, industry committee and association meetings.