A certification mark

The EVE VEGAN® certification mark is a voluntary process recognised worldwide by those who are looking for products that are guaranteed to be free from ingredients of animal origin and not tested on animals.

Present on the packaging of products sold in shops, the EVE VEGAN® mark guarantees that the product has been checked by Expertise Végane Europe according to a certification procedure which includes at least a documentary file and an audit of the production area. 

A mark of transparency

Use your EVE VEGAN® certificate to successfully reach customers who are committed to new consumption patterns. Vegan certification is increasingly the basis for demands from both retail and speciality shops.

The EVE VEGAN® certification mark is valid worldwide. The procedure applies to all raw, semi-finished and finished products and for all activities that wish to claim their animal-free and cruelty-free quality.

An opportunity

The EVE VEGAN® certification mark allows food, cosmetic or textile companies to obtain a Product or Factory certificate and to take advantage of a new attractive market, even for those who do not work exclusively in this field.

For manufacturers and white labels, obtaining a Factory Certificate makes it easier for their clients to access the EVE VEGAN® certification mark. Because of their prior commitment to the certification procedure, the process of obtaining the certification can be accelerated and facilitated.

Food products, beverages and food supplements.

Cosmetics, perfumery, make-up and hygiene products.

Textile articles, fashion accessories, bags and luggage.

Certification procedure

The EVE VEGAN® certification procedure requires a regular control of documents, production conditions and the quality management system of each company wishing to obtain the certification mark. We provide our documentation (Technical Referencial, Certification Procedure) on request.

Step 1 – Request for quotation / Contract
Step 2 – Documentary assessment
Step 3 – Quality management audit
Step 4 – Report review / Certification
Step 5 – Monitoring

Characteristics of the EVE VEGAN® Certification

Certification area and guarantees of the EVE VEGAN® certification mark

Extracts from the EVE VEGAN® Certification Standard and Procedure V01.09.2021

CERTIFICATION AREA

The Certification Domain consists of the Certification Perimeter and the Certification Field:

– Certification Perimeter: the organizational units which are part of the Certification,

– Certification Field: the activities which are part of the Certification.

Scope of Certification

In the case of the “Factory” certification (validation of the quality management system), the control concerns the quality system of the operator (candidate for certification). The certification does not include an inspection of the suppliers’ production site.

In the case of the “Product” certification, the control takes place after the harvest and concerns the finished product, the operator and his processor if necessary. The certification does not include an inspection of the suppliers’ production site.

Product certification is based on the creation of a product from predefined raw materials. The control takes place from the manufacturing of the finished product to the packaging including outsourced operations.

Certification field

Candidate products for certification can be raw, semi-finished and finished products from the food, cosmetics and textile sectors, or any other type of product.

The services applying for certification can be services such as: contract manufacturing, catering, accommodation, or consultancy. These services can be food and non-food.

The certification does not apply to research and development activities, nor to the distribution of finished products.

The operator is allowed to have a mixed activity, means to produce, and market conventional products and services in parallel with EVE VEGAN® certified products or services.

CERTIFICATION PROCESS

Every operator is subject to a certification procedure including the evaluation of the certification file by an expert (documentation relating to the finished product, raw materials and packaging) and an audit of the production site (evaluation of the quality management system) by an auditor. If the production site has already been audited in the past and its certificate is still valid, then it does not have to be repeated.

Any changes in product characteristics or production conditions that have an impact on the certification guarantees must be reported immediately by the operator. It is possible that these changes may result in the downgrading of the certified product.

All operators are subject to a monitoring program including sampling campaigns and unannounced audits.

The certification file must include:

  • Certification contract
  • Company registration certificate
  • Finished product formula
  • Labels of the finished product
  • Photo of the finished product
  • Brand or company logo
  • Documentation of raw materials
  • Documentation of packaging items
  • Subcontractor certificates, if applicable

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CERTIFIED PRODUCT

Finished product – General

No raw material of animal origin should be used at any stage of the production, processing, and packaging of the certified finished product.

Finished product – Processing aids

No processing aids of animal origin shall be used at any stage of the production, processing, and packaging of the certified finished product (extraction method, reagents, solvents, bacterial culture medium, enzymes…).

Finished product – Animal testing

The development and/or manufacture of the certified finished product must not involve or have involved vivisection or live animal testing less than 7 years prior to the certification project, of any kind whatsoever, carried out on the company’s own initiative or on its behalf, or by parties over which the company exercises effective control.

Raw Materials

The raw materials used in the manufacture of the finished product should not use raw materials of animal origin at any stage of their production and processing.

Raw materials derived from biotechnology processes such as bacterial action, enzymes, yeast, and fungi, should be guaranteed to be free from the use of raw materials of animal origin.

The development and/or manufacture of the raw materials must not involve or have involved vivisection or live animal testing of any kind, carried out at the initiative of or on behalf of the supplier, or by parties over which the supplier has effective control, within 7 years prior to the certification project.

Raw materials are not required to be vegan certified to be accepted by EVE VEGAN® certification.

Packaging items

The packaging items used for the packaging of the certified finished product should not contain any animal material, nor should they use adhesives of animal origin. The scope of animal origin is on the packaging item itself and not on its previous history.

Packaging items do not have to be vegan certified to be accepted by EVE VEGAN® certification.

Definition of the term “animal

Animal” means the entire animal kingdom, means all multicellular vertebrates and invertebrates,

and “raw materials of animal origin” means any raw material from breeding, slaughter, hunting and fishing.

For more information

The full EVE VEGAN certification framework and procedure is reserved for companies that have submitted a certification application form. Fill in an application form online.