How to apply for Registered Sensory Scientist

You will be expected to provide a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you have gained sufficient experience and shown the necessary competences to be awarded the designation Registered Sensory Scientist (RSensSci). 

If you are not yet a member of IFST, you will first need to apply for IFST membership.

Additional requirements:

  •  Competence Report form  (including names of referee. Referee can be a professional contact who can comment related to your work)

*Your application for IFST Membership (MIFST) will be considered at the same time as your application for Registered Sensory Scientist.*


For the current membership and registration fees please visit here. Please note that membership is compulsory for anyone joining a professional register.

How will my application be assessed?

Your application will be assessed by our Membership Assessment Panel (MAP). The Panel includes experienced food sensory professionals who will be looking for you to draw on your direct experience to provide clear evidence that you have required the food sensory knowledge and skills not only to do your job, but that you are able to go beyond the basic requirements and use your initiative and experience to find solutions and make improvements.

The Panel will not normally interview applicants, but if necessary a member of the Panel may telephone you to seek clarification or further explanation on a specific aspect of your application.

Where to send your portfolio

By email: Membership team

Further information

Should you have any questions or need assistance in completing your application, please get in touch.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application!

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