International Committee of Essential Oils Meets to Discuss Standards


The International Committee of Essential Oils (ISO) held a meeting from Oct. 28-31, 2018 at the Spanish Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (STANPA) headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.

During the ISO TC54 technical and regulatory meeting, industry experts from around the globe discussed the development of standards for essential oils used in perfumery and cosmetics, among other industries. Spanish delegates discussed the development of several Spanish essential oil standards, including its orange, clementine and anise oils. Additionally, the delegates discussed recent standardization efforts for Spanish cistus oil (rockrose essential oil). Companies that were in attendance included ChromEssence, Lluch Essense, Indukern, Destilería Muñoz Galvez, QT products, Delsa, Ventos and Sensient. 

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Attendees were also able to tour an agro-ecological farm that is working to recover the endemic Mediterranean species on the first day of the meeting. The attendees were able to gain insight into the cultivation, harvesting and preparation of raw materials. From raw material to formulation, the event also featured a class on essential oils from perfumer Ramón Monegal of the Fundación Academia del Perfume. Monegal discussed the importance of essential oils in perfume creation and highlighted the use of Spanish essential oils.

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