RIFM was formed, as a nonprofit corporation in 1966. Its purpose is to gather and analyze scientific data, engage in testing and evaluation, distribute information, cooperate with official agencies and to encourage uniform safety standards related to the use of fragrance ingredients. The RIFM Database of flavor and fragrance materials is the largest available worldwide, classifying more than 5000 materials. The database is available online, 24/7, by subscription. RIFM's Database also houses an online collection of Flavor/Fragrance Ingredient Data Sheets (FFIDS) from 1985-present. FFIDSs are issued to assist with compliance for U.S. OSHA's Hazard Communication Standards and the European Commission's Dangerous Substances Directives.
All of RIFM's research is reviewed by an independent Expert Panel, an international group of dermatologists, pathologists, toxicologists environmental and respiratory scientists that have no commercial ties to the fragrance industry. The Expert Panel advises RIFM on its strategic approach, reviews protocols and evaluates all scientific findings. Their conclusions form the basis for the Standards set by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA)
RIFM's staff scientists reach out to the international fragrance industry about progress in environmental testing, respiratory research and skin sensitivity testing through electronic bulletins, publication of the latest results in peer-reviewed scientific publications and by in-person presentations at professional societies, individual companies, government agencies, and industry committee and association meetings.
RIFM is relied upon as the most comprehensive resource for safe use and exposure information on fragrance materials. RIFM is the cost effective solution for safety research and testing.
RIFM delivers well-documented conclusions from comprehensive analysis that translates into enhanced Product Management for its members, resulting in safer and more life enriching products for the consumer. Membership in RIFM is open to all companies that manufacture, sell, distribute or engage in business related to the fragrance industry for at least one year.