What Makes the IFA Different?
At the IFA we are occasionally asked what makes us different from other organisations and have compiled the following points:
- The IFA was the first governing body established for aromatherapy worldwide established in 1985. Our long-standing reputation in the field, wealth of experience and supportive network enables us to deliver a specialist service to our registrants.
- The IFA has the highest level of education and training in aromatherapy and introduced the qualifying framework (curriculum) for professional practice, quality assurance and externally invigilated examinations in 1989 for aromatherapists. The IFA’s early tutors and experts, who created and informed our curriculum, were taught by some of the most influential names within the field and pioneers of aromatherapy itself.
- The IFA is the first single discipline body for aromatherapy to be registered as a charity in 1986 for the public benefit, and to have its register approved by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) a body accountable to Parliament for the protection of the public.
- The IFA has never compromised on its standards or advocated distance learning when applying essential oils or massage. All IFA examinations are externally verified by quality assurance assessors, to ensure true integrity before candidates are granted the IFA’s benchmark of professionalism.
- The IFA pioneered aromatherapy in the NHS in the 1980’s with our integrative care programme, campaigning activities and registrants volunteering services, which is why aromatherapy is as accepted by the medical profession, as it is today.
- As part of our charitable objectives to extend the knowledge and integration of aromatherapy worldwide, the IFA is extensively involved in supporting other charities and initiate charity projects as part of rehabilitation and care programmes with a proven portfolio, and have helped over 50 other charities in the past decade.
- The IFA pioneer courses to cater for various sectors of society and to make aromatherapy more accessible to the public. e.g. the IFA Aromacare course, which is tailored for those with physical and mental restrictions which has been featured in the national press and the Professional Essential Oils Therapy Diploma, which incorporates aromatherapy into a variety of different pharmaceutical and multi-discipline environments.
- The IFA has also worked with various government health committees, particularly in Asia, to improve the practice of aromatherapy worldwide and is one of the only UK professional bodies to have funded and orchestrated essential oil research projects in furtherance of its objectives.
- The IFA’s journal, the Aromatherapy Times, provided to registrants and students to keep them informed of best practice, has met the stringent requirements to be registered with the British Library.
- The IFA is run by aromatherapist for aromatherapists. The IFA is not a commercial organisation and ensure all those involved in decisions relating to our services abide by strict conflict of interest procedures and uphold the highest standards of integrity.