2019 Vegan Certification Application
Application Fee
A $100 non-refundable application fee must be submitted with the application. If application is finalized and approved, the application fee will be applied to the first annual licensing fee.

Time Frame
The process usually takes 4-6 weeks but may be longer for larger submissions.

Criteria
Products 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 Testing
Products 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's
Products must contain no known animal-derived GMOs or genes used to manufacture ingredients or finished products

Required Documentation
The 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 machinery
does 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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All answers require an answer, please put NA if the question does not Apply.

Are you a manufacturer on behalf of a brand? *
Company Name *
Is your company located in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or a US Territory? *
Is your company owned by a parent company? If yes, please list the parent company below.
What brand are you applying for? *
Company representative name and title *
Email address *
Full address including city, state and zip code *
Phone Number *
Website address *
Annual Revenue for your company last calendar year (and corresponding annual licensing fee) *
How long has your company been in business? *
Nondisclosure Agreement (optional)
1. Required Paperwork - A list of each product and it's ingredients including ingredients not required by labeling laws such as fillers, excipients, processing aids, and carriers. (a WORD or EXCEL file is required https://drive.google.com/open?id=10JG0cxFCEB-V_3Qu8VX2f7VB8mZ1zUuy) *
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2. Required Paperwork - A label of each product much be submitted *
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3. Required Paperwork - Please provide a brief description of how your product is packaged and distributed. *
4. Required Paperwork - 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. *
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5. Required Paperwork - A signed No Animal Products Statement from your company representative must be attached on your company letterhead or the form we provide located here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zr0X0jdwPmVWmFGaPq07YBSotoBryAth/view?usp=sharing *
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6. Required Paperwork - A signed No Animal Testing Statement from your company representative must be attached on your company letterhead or the form we provide located here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WB-kzpHq_8SbJDTx2IYcM8vEPK_ICQQy/view?usp=sharing *
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7. Required Paperwork - EVERY ingredient must have a signed No Animal Testing Statement from the manufacturer that they have not tested that ingredient since the year 2000. The form is located here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1PQ4P-FHUDXFjYEAg_uqpj6CNAEW-hTQu *
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8. Required Paperwork - Attach the signed Shared Machinery Statement (even if no shared machinery is used). The form is located here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f6ez8N2tMmnBlEGhVfmhUqFpBCiGunfi/view?usp=sharing *
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9. Required Paperwork - Shared machinery is permitted. Do you use shared machinery to produce your vegan products? If yes, attach a detailed description of cleaning methods to prevent cross contamination or a Standards of Operating Procedures (SOP) of cleaning procedures.
10. Required Paperwork - GMOs are acceptable as long as they have not involved animal genes or animal derived substances. Does your product have animal derived GMOs? *
11. Required Paperwork - Do any of your products contain a sweetener? *
Attach documents for ALL sweeteners here.
12. Required Paperwork - Do any of your products contain beer, wine, vinegar, or fruit juice? *
Attach documents for ALL beer, wine, vinegar, or fruit juice here.
13. Required Paperwork - Are probiotics, cultures, or enzymes used or included in your product? *
Attach documents for ALL probiotics, cultures or enzymes
For ingredients with multiple inputs and/or are processed - Ingredient Information Form for Manufacturers for Individual Ingredients- the link for this form is here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJEKn50sPtk177761L9BjuuOgFkWlAF0IQyXyf0Ekhljn3tA/viewform?usp=pp_url
1. Product manufacturing process - Please provide a short narrative of your operations to produce your final products. Example 1: we purchase ingredients from suppliers and manufacture them in a facility that we own. Example 2: we use a private label manufacturer named ABC Inc. in Richmond, VA that produces and packages our products for us. *
2. Product manufacturing process - Do you source any of the materials for the finished product? *
3. Product manufacturing process - Do you manufacturer any of the materials for the finished product? *
4. Product manufacturing process - Who makes the finished product? *
5. Product manufacturing process - Who distributes the finished product? *
6. Product manufacturing process - Does your company do any co-packing or private labeling of the product you are submitting? *
Attach additional documents if needed
Attach additional documents if needed
Once your application is approved and finalized, you will be asked to pay the annual licensing fee based on your company's annual revenue. We will send you an invoice for that amount based on the sliding scale. You may pay online or mail in payment. (online payment requires a password)
Authorizing all information is true and correct.
Submitting this application does not give authorization to use the Certified Vegan Logo until the application is approved and you are given final approval. Unauthorized use of the Certified Vegan Logo mark is a violation of Federal Trademark laws. *
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