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A Comprehensive Listing of All the Aromatherapy Regulating Bodies in the World

A Comprehensive Listing of All the Aromatherapy Regulating Bodies in the World

AromaTech Inc. is one of the leading suppliers in the United States for essential and aroma oils for use in cold air scent diffusers. Worldwide, our customer base is growing too.

In the United States, essential oils are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In other countries too, governing bodies or organizations exist for complementary therapies in general or more specifically aromatherapy. Some of their tasks consist of providing up-to-date and accurate information to consumers, promoting high standards of quality and safety in aromatherapy products, conducting controlled experiments and studies, and making aromatherapist qualifications official.

Here follows a comprehensive listing of more such bodies. We update this data regularly, but some information is not available. If you should find that a specific instance is missing, or that our list is incorrect, don't hesitate to let us know.


The Americas

  • Canada
  • United States
    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Their mission is to protect consumers against companies that make false claims and mislead the public. Their responsibility is to ensure that drugs are safe for their intended market, that they are properly and clearly labeled, and that all necessary warnings and safety precautions are disclosed.


Many countries in South East Asia implemented the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Cosmetic Directive or ACD on January 1, 2008.



Other international bodies

  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA): Unites aromatherapists from around the world to advance research and professionalism within the aromatherapy industry.
  • International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA): Involved in supporting aromatherapists and improving standards of education and practice in aromatherapy. Originally registered in the UK, they are growing internationally.
  • International Fragrance Association (IFRA): The official self-regulatory representative body of the fragrance industry worldwide. Its primary purpose is to ensure the safety of fragrance materials through a dedicated science program. IFRA publishes a list of usage standards for fragrance materials, limiting or prohibiting the use of ingredients, based on the findings of the Research Institute of Fragrance Materials, which gathers data regarding the safety of fragrance materials.
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