One of the key objectives of SAAFFI is to disseminate information and knowledge by offering industry-focused education and training. Attendance is open to all, whether employed by a SAAFFI Member or not.


A SAAFFI Precise Short Training Course (PSTC) gives attendees a good overview of the subject covered. The set-up encourages interaction between the attendees and facilitator, for which reason numbers are limited. The subject of each course is focused and presented by an expert in that field. PSTCs offer an inexpensive training option, and ensure that attendees are not away from their work for more than half a day.

Information about up-coming courses is emailed to all those subscribers to SAAFFI Bulletins. To subscribe, go to

Annual seminar

SAAFFI’s annual seminar in March has become a highlight in the calendar. Now approaching its 20th year, the themes have been wide-ranging on subjects that are generally topical, somewhat different to everyday business, to encourage delegates to ‘think out of the box’.

Information about each year’s event is emailed to all those subscribers to SAAFFI Bulletins. To subscribe, go to

Short Course in Flavours & Fragrances

The annual SAAFFI – Wits short course in flavour and fragrance technology consists of 12 lectures and 3 practicals. Primarily run as an elective course for 2nd year Applied Chemistry students at Wits, places are also available for other interested people wishing to learn the basics about the fascinating Flavour & Fragrance Industry. It is ideally suited for those already employed in the industry to acquire a broader understanding of it.

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These numeracy courses facilitate the up-skilling of your most valuable asset, your employee. The course comprises 3 levels – Basic; Intermediate; Advanced – and is designed around case studies relevant to your Organisation.

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On-Site training

Upon request, SAAFFI offers customized on-site training in topics relevant to its industry.

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During the last two years, the following subjects were covered, and can be repeated

  • The Ins & Outs of Kosher: Producing Kosher foods and other FMCG products
  • Navigating the Regulatory Minefield for FRAGRANCED products
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • SAAFFI Training Levelling up: Chocolate Confectionary & Nutritional Beverages! & Botanical Content from Africa
  • Beverage Emulsions and Ingredients
  • Cosmetic Formulations
  • Cosmetic Labelling
  • Cosmetic Legislation
  • Fragrance Fundamentals
  • Regulatory Compliance for Fragrance
  • The Rules of Halaal and the path to Halaal Accreditation
  • Adding Heat to your products
  • Laboratory Instrumentation, Analysis and the success of your products
  • Modified Starches and Stevia
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla and Vanillin
  • Weighting Agents & Emulsifiers for Emulsions

PSTC Training Programme

Topic Date
Navigating the Regulatory Minefield for FRAGRANCED products 22nd February
Texture, Taste and Treats!
How to improve the bite of your Vegan products.
25th May
  • • Novel Antimicrobials for the Food Industry - Inspired by Nature!
  • • Products for Health & Wellbeing - Beyond Sports Nutrition.
23rd June
Producing and certifying Kosher foods and other kosher-certified FMCG products 28th July
Tools in the Quest for Quality
A new look at Analytical Instrumentation for the Flavour, Fragrance and FMCG industry
25th August
The A,B,C of Fragrances
  • • Basic theory of fragrance
  • • Small scale manufacture
  • • Packaging for fragrances
  • • Setting up your own perfume business
Producing and certifying Halaal foods and other Halaal-certified FMCG products 26th October

A new look at Analytical Instrumentation

25/08/2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm - A new look at Analytical Instrumentation for the Flavour, Fragrance and FMCG industry Course Reference: Instrum/250822  ONLINE TRAINING  followed by ONLINE Q&A Thursday 25th August 2022 09h00 –  12h30 Come prepared with your questions! In the flavour, fragrance, food, beverage, cosmetic and personal care industries: • When is a product complete? • What does it contain? • [...]

Onsite Numeracy Courses for Staff who work with Numbers

01/07/2022 - 31/12/2022 @ All Day -  We are now taking bookings for the second half of 2022 All members of your staff are expected to have a good working knowledge of numeracy to accomplish their jobs accurately and efficiently. Do they? Upskill your most valuable assets – your employees – at a time convenient for all in your organisation Courses customised for [...]

SAAFFI-WITS Flavour & Fragrance Course 2022

23/08/2022 @ All Day - REGISTRATIONS for the SAAFFI-WITS FLAVOUR & FRAGRANCE COURSE 2022 are OPEN! • Live lectures and practicals at Wits University  • Option for online participation  • A proven asset to a career in the Flavour & Fragrance industry or any of the industries it serves. • A concise but comprehensive course covering most aspects of the intriguing world of [...]