The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists was formed from the International Society of Professional Aromatherapists, The Register of Qualified Aromatherapists and the International Federation of Aromatherapists, comprising the three major Aromatherapy bodies in the UK at the time.
There are other regulatory bodies but the only other which is specific to aromatherapy is the Aromatherapy Council and most of the links on their website don’t work which makes me wonder if it is still in operation. The Federation of Holistic Therapists is a more generic body which covers massage, aromatherapy and a number of other complementary therapies.
As a practitioner in Cambridge it is important to me to be a member of a professional body as it means I can stay in contact with others in the profession as well as getting insurance for my practice through them.
For clients, ensuring that a therapist belongs to the IFPA or another professional body is a guarantee that this insurance is in place and that the therapist meets the standards required to practice safely. They all have requirements for continuing professional development which means skills do not stagnate but are developed over time.