Perfumes and fragrances have been used since the beginning of human history and its use has been recorded in the earliest available historical literature. A recent report titled, “India Flavor and fragrance Industry Outlook to 2020” documents the steady growth of the fragrance market during the last five years. Significant technology advancements, growing importance towards personal grooming and increasing consumer spending on wellness products has contributed to this growth. To attain global leadership, it is imperative that the fragrance industry equips itself to meet the challenges thrown at it by this ever growing market. Coupled with this is the urgent need for value addition in fragrances through standardization as well as generating scientifically valid safety data. Creation of an enabling ecosystem with industry-academia partnership will hasten to achieve these goals. With this in mind, CSIR-IITR organized a stakeholder dialogue at its premises on February 15, 2018, with the representatives of fragrance industries, association leaders and regulators to deliberate on the above issues and draw a roadmap for a sustainable future of the fragrance industries.
Delivering his inaugural address, Professor Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, emphasized that the time is ripe for industry and academia to sit with one another and not across, join hands and work together to strengthen the industry and ensure a sustainable future for all stake holders.
Dr Anil K Tripathi, Director, CSIR – Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), said that a point of convergence between academia and industry is only possible through dialogue. Farmers’ empowerment through fair practices of trade and industry will ensure equitable and sustainable growth for all.
Dr James C Romine, President, Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM), USA said the fragrance is universal and the need to ensure its quality is a global requirement. RIFM was formed in 1966, in an effort to provide research on commonly used fragrance materials.
Ms Martina Bianchini, President, International Fragrance Association (IFRA), Switzerland said their association “smells” an opportunity in the ever-growing industry. She opined that increasing awareness will lead to better decision making ensuring all round development of the industry.
Mr Michael Carlos, Chairman, IFRA and RIFM appreciated the pioneering work carried out by CSIR-CIMAP in the areas of perfumes and essential oils and the initiative taken by CSIR-IITR to bring together all the stakeholders on a single platform to ensure the growth of the industry.
Mr Sant Sanganeria, Founder Chairman and Managing Director, Ultra International Limited, New Delhi (Industry partner of the meet) drew the attention of the participants to the vast potential of the global fragrance market. He said that the there is a great opportunity for the Indian fragrance industry reap the benefits of this market through innovative product development in order to meet the requirements of global quality standards.
Some important presentations during the scientific sessions were made by Dr Shekhar Mitra, President, InnoPreneur LLC, Consulting Partner, Yourencore, Fmr, SVP, Global Innovation at Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A; Sh. Shakti Vinay Shukla, Director, Fragrance & Flavour Development Centre, Kannauj; Dr U S P Yadav, Bureau of Indian Standards, India; Dr Vijay Bambulkar, Consultant, Former Johnson & Johnson, Mumbai; Dr Anne Marie Api, Vice President, Toxicologist, Research Institute of Fragrance Material (RIFM); Mr Rahul Parakhia, Toxicologist. RIFM; Mr Atish Patel, RIFM; Dr Ram Vishwakarma, Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine; Dr D Ramaiah, Director, CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat and Dr Sanjay Kumar, Director, CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur.
The scientific sessions were followed by a panel discussion by the experts to formulate the future course of action.