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About Us

The IFA is a self-governing body who promote the preservation of health by advancing the knowledge and practice of Aromatherapy via education, teaching and training. The IFA is a registered Charity 1165766 and is governed by its Articles of Association. Since 1985 we have been safeguarding standards in the practice of Aromatherapy through our official Codes of Professional Practice and the formation of the Professional Aromatherapy Diploma syllabus in 1988. Our quality mark is recognised globally as professionalism and excellence within the field.

At the very first meeting held in 1984 a small group met to decide on the educational values that would project Aromatherapy into the public eye. During those heady first years, the IFA took on the role of champion for its member’s by contacting local media and institutions who were unaware of the therapeutic values of essential oils combined with massage. We have pioneered the use of Aromatherapy in the NHS, hospitals, hospices and special care units, which is why we have therapists working in this sector today.

As the first Aromatherapy professional body we understand the needs of our therapists and recognise the challenges, education, research and development requirements of our members, which allows us to deliver a specialist service to them. We are proud to hold our charitable status as we believe it ensures integrity in all our projects and we also honour this status by supporting other charities.

Our Charity status means that all our revenue goes back into supporting and nurturing our member’s. We are truly international with our training and accreditation extending worldwide with schools and members across the globe. We support our international members with our multi-lingual website and education material and have bi-lingual staff members.

The IFA act in the best interests of the public by:

  • Holding a register of therapists who have met the National Occupational Standards (NOS) as a minimum requirement
  • Insuring all our members hold professional indemnity insurance, a valid first aid certificate and undertake 12 hours of Continual Professional Development each year
  • Setting the terms and conditions to regulate the practice of Aromatherapy through our official Code of Professional Practice
  • To investigate and impose where necessary disciplinary procedures if a member is believed to have contravened the terms and conditions of membership
  • Promote, support and encourage scientific research applicable to Aromatherapy and its practice

Our Values

The IFA is dedicated to demonstrating the following work ethic:

  • Professionalism and striving for excellence
  • To take pride in delivering quality
  • Committed to the principles of equal opportunity, inclusion and diversity
  • To apply its principles of regulation proportionality and transparently
  • Accessible to all those who meet, or seek to meet our standards of practice
  • To apply good employment practice

The IFA's founder members: Sue Beechey, Candice Bishop, Patricia Davis, Geraldine Howard, Len Price, Shirley Price, Germaine Rich, Anne Sutherland and Robert Tisserand.

 

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