Time FrameThe process usually takes 4-6 weeks but may be longer for larger submissions.
CriteriaProducts approved to carry the Certified Vegan logo must not contain ingredients of meat, fish, fowl, animal by-products (including silk or dyes from insects), eggs or egg products, milk or milk products, honey or honey bee products, or be processed, clarified, or finished with any animal products.
No Animal TestingProducts must involve no animal testing of ingredients or finished product by supplier, producer, manufacturer or independent party as of the year 2000. The definition of ‘no-animal testing’ is defined as no use of animals (live or deceased) for any type of research purposes whatsoever to include feed or nutrition trials, toxicity testing, or animal tests or trials "as required by law" and not being tested by another company or independent contractor.
No Animal GMO'sProducts must contain no known animal-derived GMOs or genes used to manufacture ingredients or finished products
Required DocumentationThe following documents must be submitted with this application in order to be reviewed:1. A list with each product and its ingredients submitted in either WORD or EXCEL format, including those not required by labeling laws (fillers, excipients, processing aids, and carriers). In addition, EVERY ingredient must have a source document from the MANUFACTURER showing the origin as plant, mineral, algal, bacterial, or synthetic for ALL ingredients. A statement saying it is vegan WILL NOT be accepted.2. Copies of each label of each product being submitted.3. A signed Shared Machinery Statement as well as information regarding processing methods that may contain animal products or possible trace amounts of animal ingredients due to use of shared machinery must be explained. Provide clear cleaning methods for shared machinery, a SOOP for example, (if applicable). Use of shared machinerydoes not disqualify your products.4. A signed No Animal Testing Statement from a representative of your company that there has been no animal testing on the finished product. 5. Signed statements for each product ingredient from the manufacturer that they have not conducted any animal testing or contracted animal testing on their behalf after the year 2000 for each ingredient must be included in the application.6. A signed No Animal By-Products statement from a representative of your company that there are no animal by-products in the processing of or the finished product.7. Products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) are acceptable as long as they have not involved animal genes or animal-derived substances in the development or production and must be labeled as such (if applicable). Products containing animal derived GMOs do not qualify for Vegan Certification.8. Products containing sweeteners will need verification from the supplier that it has not been filtered through bone char or finished with animal products before being approved. Please include this verification with your application (if applicable). Ex. agave, maple syrup, corn syrup, sugar, etc.9. If you are applying for or product that is or contains beer, wine, vinegar or fruit juice, you must include a statement showing that no animal by-products are used as a clarifying agent is required.10. Products containing pre/pro biotics, cultures, vitamins, oral minerals, bacterial strains, and enzymes must include an Ingredient Information Form completed or acceptable documentation submitted to show those ingredients are not processed with animal by-products.
NOTE: We do not certify companies, restaurants, food trucks, farms, co-packers, or manufacturers – we certify individual products. Applications must be submitted by the BRAND OWNER.
Information submitted will be kept in total confidentiality.
Submitting this application does not give authorization to use the “Certified Vegan” Logo until application is approved.• Unauthorized use of the “Certified Vegan” Logo is a violation of Federal Trademark laws.______________
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