Laws and Regulations
The practice of aromatherapy has been around for centuries and only in the past few decades has it become popular in the U.S.A.
We invite you to visit this page frequently as we add information critical to your practice from time to time.
Aromatherapy is not a regulated practice in the United States, yet there are certain laws which may affect the way you practice aromatherapy.
For instance, in 2013, the State of Colorado passed Senate Bill 13-215, The Colorado Natural Health Consumer Protection Act supports alternative health care professionals, a “safe harbor health freedom bill.” The intent of this law is to protect consumer choice and, in consideration of the public’s health and safety, to remove technical barriers to access unregulated health care practitioners and appropriate consumer protection.
Pursuant to the introduction of SB 13-215, a 2009 survey showed that over 35% of the U.S. population spends over 33 billion dollars a year on alternative and complementary medicine and procedures. In Colorado, more than a million and a half people obtain health care services outside the establishment.
What does this mean to the aromatherapist in Colorado engaging in complementary and alternative health care services? The practitioner must fulfill the disclosure duties specified in the law, must not treat a child under two years of age, must recommend that the client have a relationship with a licensed physician, abide by advertising rules, and comply with all provisions of the law.
FDA Enforcement Actions/Warning Letters
As a member of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), we receive alerts about a variety of violations. The majority of the violations are related to marketing and labeling aromatherapy products.
AHPA Guidance Policies – Page 9 contains labeling requirements
FDA Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Guidelines/Inspection Checklist
Federal Trade Commission regulates advertising claims
Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) – food additives
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) provides detailed information about a specific hazardous material. This information is important to aromatherapists and suppliers who ship essential oils.
Pursuant to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, “the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires chemical manufacturers, distributors, or importers to provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs) to communicate the hazards of hazardous chemical products.” Please refer to the downloadable documents for more information. The Quick Card lists the uniform format requirements.
Hazard Communication Safety Data Sheet Quick Card
Hazard Communication Standard Final Rule
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