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:
The IFA is dedicated to demonstrating the following work ethic:
The IFA's founder members: Sue Beechey, Candice Bishop, Patricia Davis, Geraldine Howard, Len Price, Shirley Price, Germaine Rich, Anne Sutherland and Robert Tisserand.