Portland, Oregon–January 24, 2011–The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) is now an approved member of the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades (IFEAT). Membership in IFEAT further evidences ACHS’s dedication to supporting sustainability and fair trade of essential oils and to providing comprehensive resources with the latest aromatherapy research for ACHS’s professional aromatherapy programs.

“IFEAT is an important organization for our industry,” says ACHS President Dorene Petersen, “because it fosters education about sustainable practices and emphasizes the importance of international communication and cooperation. IFEAT is at the forefront of any legislative regulatory changes that can affect the essential oil industry. Ensuring our students are up to date on this information is essential.”

“IFEAT conferences bring together industry leaders with a sincere dedication to protecting the health of our industry,” Petersen says. “It’s wonderful to be able to attend these conferences, learn from and talk with other industry experts, and to then share this information with ACHS students and other industry professionals. This active dialogue not only ensures the health of our industry, it reaffirms our global commitment to environmental stewardship.”

IFEAT is directed by an executive committee elected by the organization’s membership. IFEAT’s primary aim is to protect the interests of the global flavor and fragrance industries, “through international collaboration, the encouragement of good practice, and the dissemination of information and provision of forums for discussion,” as outlined on the IFEAT website. To achieve this aim, IFEAT hosts an annual international conference providing an opportunity for members to share current research. More information about IFEAT membership and conferences is available on its website, www.ifeat.org.

About ACHS

ACHS is one of the first accredited, fully online colleges offering degrees, diplomas and career-training certificates in complementary alternative medicine. Founded in 1978, American College of Healthcare Sciences is committed to exceptional online education and is recognized as an industry leader in holistic-health education worldwide. Detailed information about ACHS’s sustainability commitment is available on the college’s website under “About ACHS.” For more information about ACHS programs and community wellness events, visit www.achs.edu or call (503) 244-0726.

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