The AIA is committed to ensuring public safety by providing reliable and current information through public education, qualified practitioner members, recognized schools and the AIA Research Committee.
Promotion of the safe use of aromatherapy, as described in the supporting links below, is the keystone of the AIA organization. Proper assessment of the individual client, high quality essential oils, dosage, dilution, duration, storage of essential oils, and the level of education* of the individual selling and/or administering the essential oils are all paramount to the safe practice of aromatherapy. Consulting with a qualified aromatherapist for oil selection, best application methods and concentration levels will ensure safe and effective outcomes.
Aromatherapy in professional practice requires aromatherapists to maintain an incomparable level of safe practice for both the client and the aromatherapist. Safety in the use of essential oils and client care is foremost and fundamental to all AIA aromatherapy education programs. AIA Aromatherapists are required to comply with health and safety issues legally, as prescribed by law, professionally, in personal behavior accepting the AIA’s Standards of Practice and ethically adhering to the AIA’s Code of the Ethics in practice. These Aromatherapy Standards of Practice guidelines identify the scope of care and reflect professional norms that are inherent in the practice of clinical aromatherapy.
Advanced Practitioner Member Aromatherapists (APAIA) are required to maintain a valid First Aid/CPR/AED certificate, possess practitioner liability insurance and obtain 20 hours of Continuing Professional Development training annually, protecting both the client and the aromatherapist within a structure of responsibility.
*AIA Educational guidelines for safe use and practice of aromatherapy