Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

Code of Ethics

Any member of the society who is in practice will be expected to follow this code of ethics and to conduct himself/herself in such a manner as to uphold and maintain the high standards of the profession of aromatherapy. This code of ethics is divided into three sections and the aromatherapist is expected to observe all three parts of this code of ethics at all times. These three sections govern the attitude and behaviour of the aromatherapist towards clients, the general public and fellow members of the society.


  1. The Member and the Client
    1. The member must recognize that the primary obligation is towards the client and at all times must practice his/her skills to the best of his/her ability for the benefit of the client. The comfort and welfare of the client must always have priority over any other requirement.
    2. Consultation, assessment and treatment should only be carried out with full consent of the client (or the parent or guardian in the case of minors).
    3. Any knowledge gained during consultation and assessment or in the course of the professional treatment must not be divulged to anyone without the client's consent, except where required by law.
    4. A member must not deliberately mislead for his/her own gain a client seeking advice or treatment.
    5. All reasonable care must be taken to ensure adequate hygiene, quality of material supplied and safety of equipment used.
    6. A member shall be free to choose whomsoever he/she shall accept for professional treatment.
    7. A member shall not diagnose, prescribe or make claims to cure.
    8. A member shall encourage his/her client to seek other professional help when it is in the interest of the client to do so.
    9. A member shall, upon request, provide receipts for all monies paid.


  1. The Member and the Public
    1. The member's premises or clinic should be maintained in such condition as to reflect credit on the profession of aromatherapy.
    2. A member shall be free to advertise his/her professional services in any way provided it does not bring discredit on the profession of aromatherapy.

The Member and his/her Colleagues

    1. A member must not attempt by any means to entice a client to leave another aromatherapy practitioner to become his/her own client.
    2. In cases of referral of a client to a member by a colleague, no form of commission or split fee may be paid or accepted.
    3. Members must present a united front to the public and make no disparaging remarks in writing or verbally concerning the practices, abilities or competency of other aromatherapists or practitioners in other health disciplines to clients or the general public.
    4. Members are encouraged to share professional knowledge and the results of any research, successful case histories, new use of essential oils, etc.

Standards of Practice

1. Introduction:

The aim of the Standards of Practice is to set out the basic standards which the society expects its members to maintain. The Standards of Practice lays down minimum standards necessary for members of the society. Clients who attend a registered aromatherapist expect a professional approach by the practitioner and this professionalism should be reflected in the equipment, furniture and premises. Members must provide a professional approach to their clients and this professionalism should be reflected in their personal deportment, dress, equipment, furniture and premises.

2. Premises:

    1. A Consultation and treatment rooms must be clean, adequately lit, properly ventilated and in a good state of general repair.
    2. A wash basin with hot and cold water and a toilet should be located near the work area. Soap, preferably containing antiseptic, and some means of hand drying should be available.
    3. If the consultation and treatment room are not directly accessible from the street, all entrance ways and stair ways should be adequately lit.
    4. An appropriate sign indicating that the member is in practice may be placed at the main entrance.

3. Personal Hygiene:

    1. The member must ensure that their health and personal hygiene are such as to cause no danger to a client.
    2. The practitioner must not eat, smoke or drink alcoholic beverages during treatment.
    3. The member must be aware of the elements of public hygiene and local safety bylaws and specifications in connection with aromatherapy.

4. Furniture:

Massage couches and chairs, etc. must be sturdy and safe. Surfaces and linens should be kept clean and disinfected.

5.Client Register:

A suitable client register must be set up indicating clients name, address and other relevant information. Up-to-date and accurate records of assessment and treatment must be maintained.

6.Other Responsibilities

  1. It is the responsibility of the practicing member to observe any local bylaws with regard to their facility and practice.
  2. Members must not presume a specialized knowledge outside their training. Members must be wary of giving advice on skin and bodily ailments outside the limitations of their own specialized knowledge.
  3. How the essential oils are used for any particular client is the responsibility of the individual member, who must bear in mind his/her own standard of training and level of knowledge.

7.Liaison with Other Professions:

Contact with other health care practitioners is encouraged for the betterment of the client and the practice of aromatherapy.

8.Controls, Public Relations Advertising and Articles Promoting the Society:

A society member who wishes to advertise or promote their business may state they are a member of the society but must not represent themselves as speaking on behalf of the society without prior approval. Any press release or articles for publication that make reference to the society must be submitted for approval prior to printing and publishing.