Society Questions

What is The Society of Flavor Chemists?

The Society of Flavor Chemists (SFC) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the advancement of the field of flavor technology and related sciences by:

  1. encouraging the exchange of ideas and personal contacts and
  2. by sponsoring and conducting meetings, lectures and symposia.
  3. Accrediting membership and encouraging professional growth.

How do I become a member of The Society of Flavor Chemists?

To become a certified member of the society, the candidate must complete an approved seven year apprenticeship period as stipulated by our by-laws and then pass a review by the Membership Committee and acceptance by Member vote. Apprentice members must complete an approved five year apprenticeship period with a similar review.  Contact the Membership Committee for details.

The membership process is outlined here.

Why should I become a member of the SFC?

Membership in SFC is a self-regulated accreditation.  We test applicants to ensure they are, in practice, flavorists and meet established standards of knowledge and ability.  This is accepted by the flavor industry as a standard of excellence.

Can non-members attend Society meetings?

Yes, anyone may attend the public portions of SFC meetings.  These include educational and social activities of value to anyone in the flavor and food industries.  Business meetings are closed to the public, only members may attend.  We encourage guests, and would like to see you at a meeting.  Students and Emeritus Members enjoy a reduced meeting rate.  This is a great way to network with the SFC members.

How do I apply for Emeritus status?

Contact the Membership committee for requirements.  Generally speaking, you must be retired from active flavor development work, including consulting.

How do I join a committee?

Contact the Committee chair of your choice, or contact the Mentorship Committee if you would like guidance regarding the committees.  The SFC is a society of peers, and we need dedicated people to help.

How do I become an office holder?

Contact our Nominating Committee or the Board Chair.  There is a formal nomination process you’ll need to start.

How do I get reinstated as a member?

You will need to contact our Membership Committee.  You’ll want to have your work history on-hand, and if you have been out of the industry very long you may need to re-test to establish your credentials.

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