• About the ATC

    About the ATC

    The Aromatherapy Trade Council (ATC) is the trade association for the specialist aromatherapy essential oil trade, and represents manufacturers and suppliers of aromatherapy products as well as the interest of consumers in the United Kingdom.

    Aromatherapy has grown to become one of the most popular complementary therapies, but the vast range of products now available can be extremely daunting to consumers looking for safe, good quality products to achieve the best therapeutic results . . .

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  • Code Of Practice

    Code Of Practice

    ATC members uphold a strict Code of Practice in order to maintain standards within our industry, which helps protect the continuing availability of aromatherapy products for trade and consumer alike.

    A major concern is that of safety for the general public when using aromatherapy products, therefore we insist our members provide sufficient information on products so that consumers know how to safely use them safely.

    To address these, and other important issues our Code . . .

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  • What We Do

    What We Do

    As an independent and self-regulating organization, we have established guidelines for safety, labelling, packaging and marketing to which all members must conform before being accepted into membership.

    Our aim is to ensure our members are marketing safe, good quality products in a responsible manner, as well as supplying honest and accurate information for consumers.

    Of course, this is not all we do. The ATC also acts as a focal point for public and media enquiries . . .

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  • Let ATC Help You

    Let ATC Help You

    The life of an aromatherapy manufacturer becomes increasingly challenging with each passing year, with a plethora of regulation and directive changes coming from Brussels at an unprecedented rate.

    Get it wrong, and there can be serious consequences.

    Understanding the Cosmetics Regulations, Transportation of Hazardous Goods Act, REACH Regulations, CHIP and COSSH regulations and then applying it to an aromatherapy business has never been harder . . .

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  • Member Benefits

    Member Benefits

    When you join the ATC, it’s like having a highly-skilled member of staff whose job is to sift through all the regulation updates, and then notify you of those relevant to your business.

    This leaves you free to work on growing your business rather than dealing with all the non-productive, red-tape compliance that fills up your working day.

    Let’s face it; most of us hate dealing with this kind of stuff. But somebody has to do it, because the survival of your business depends on it. Let the ATC do this for you . . .

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  • Join the ATC

    Join the ATC

    Becoming a member of the Aromatherapy Trade Council highlights you and your business as being a highly professional, dedicated and responsible company. Membership is essential for companies committed to growing their business and improving our industry.

    The more companies it represents, the more government and competent authorities will take us seriously and listen to our views and lobbying. And in case you hadn’t noticed, there has never been a more challenging time for the aromatherapy industry than right now . . .

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Regulation Updates

Russia Updates Its Cosmetics Regulations

Russia Updates Its Cosmetics Regulations

Russia has scrapped its Sanitary Government Registration (SGR) as part of an overhaul of the regulations surrounding cosmetic imports; the registration used to confirm that imported products conformed to the sanitary requirements of the Single Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan). A Declaration of Conformity to Technical Regulations (DOC TR) – which places responsibility for [...]

| September 19, 2012
Cosmetic Products Notification Portal

Cosmetic Products Notification Portal

The CPNP is the online notification system created for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products. This Regulation requires that the responsible persons and, under certain circumstances, the distributors of cosmetic products submit through the CPNP some information about the products they place or [...]

| January 28, 2012
Colipa Changes Its Name

Colipa Changes Its Name

The European Cosmetics Association, formerly named “Colipa”, will now be called “Cosmetics Europe – The Personal Care Association”. The association has been representing European cosmetic companies and national associations for fifty years . . .

| January 26, 2012

Industry News

Mirror Mirror On The Wall . . .

Mirror Mirror On The Wall . . .

A question that most natural & organic cosmetic brands ask themselves is ‘who is the greenest of them all?’, with many thinking they are deserved of the ‘green crown’. Organic Monitor research finds the reality is very different from perception. In its new Natural Cosmetics Brand Assessment report, a chartered chemist analysed the ingredient composition [...]

| January 26, 2012
Vietnamese Oils Industry Needs Help

Vietnamese Oils Industry Needs Help

Viet Nam has favourable conditions to grow various kinds of oil plants, including peppermint, holy basil, cinnamon tree and anise . . .

| January 11, 2012
EU Scrutinises Cosmetic Ingredients

EU Scrutinises Cosmetic Ingredients

In the European Union, assuring the safety of cosmetic ingredients is based on a dual approach established in the regulatory frameworks, and in relation to the old Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC, no fundamental changes to these principles were introduced with the new Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009). Accordingly, most ingredients can be freely used. The [...]

| November 1, 2011

Recent Articles

How To Use Essential Oils

How To Use Essential Oils

There are many ways to enjoy using your essential oils, and most of the popular methods are explained here, simply choose the method that suits your particular requirements. But to really experience the benefits and versatility of aromatherapy you should try them all if you can! Baths For a wonderfully relaxing experience at the end [...]

| September 10, 2011
Essential Oil Safety

Essential Oil Safety

When used appropriately, essential oils and aromatherapy products are safe for all the entire family. As with all things in life though, some common sense precautions should be observed when using essential oils since they are highly concentrated. Undiluted essential oils Do not apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin except in an emergency; [...]

| July 10, 2011
What Is Aromatherapy?

What Is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the systematic use of volatile plant oils known as essential oils for the treatment or prevention of disease. It is a form of complementary therapy designed to treat the whole person and not just the symptom or disease by assisting the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself. Essential oils [...]

| July 10, 2011