A New Programme for the Verification of Vegan Materials

Vegan Verification is an innovative programme from Eurofins | Chem-MAP® which risk assesses materials and components, as well as providing testing of chemicals and materials, to establish whether any animal or by-products have been used.

Vegan Verification helps manufacturers, brands and retailers to correctly specify materials using a phased approach, covering the manufacture of materials, chemical management, risk assessment, and testing to achieve vegan certification of materials.

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Benefits of Vegan Verification

  • Assurance that any chemistry used in the production of products/materials have not been derived from animal origin
  • Independent third party verification and certification process supported by DNA testing
  • Development of chemical management systems for vegan materials which goes beyond the absence of animal-derived material such as leather, feathers and fur
  • Support for brands and retailers to endorse products as ‘animal-free’ and ‘vegan friendly’
  • Training and awareness for manufacturers, brands and retailers
  • Use of the Vegan Verification Mark and The Vegan Society Trademark

Why brands are considering vegan verification?

A growing proportion of the population is adopting a vegan lifestyle. In 2019 there were an estimated 600,000 [1] individuals identifying as ‘vegan’ in the UK and according to the Vegan Society, this figure has quadrupled since 2014. Globally, the provision of reliable estimates is difficult, recent data reports [2] have suggested that there are approximately now 30.5 million vegans.[3]

This growth has led to an increased demand for vegan products and vegan alternative materials.

Different individuals may implement different rules around what they consider being vegan to mean as such it is difficult to provide a single, universally-accepted definition. Instead, people generally self-define selecting from a range of different definitions and rarely fully agree on the specific practices which are, and are not, vegan. While defining exactly what vegan materials are can be complex, there is some consensus that it depends on the extent to which something is “animal-free”, and whether it uses “zero animal by-products”.

For this reason, many brands and retailers have chosen to work to some of the strictest guidelines for vegan certification. This means that the concept of a product made from vegan materials goes beyond just the absence of animal-derived material such as leather, feathers, and fur and warrants assurance that any chemicals used in the production of the product and its materials have not been derived from animal origin. In order to verify this, brands and retailers will need to implement a robust chemical management strategy within their supply chain, which includes specific testing to check that animal products have not been used.

[1] Vegan society 
[2] Veganism by country 
[3] This figure excludes data from several countries including China, Russia, and Vietnam.

Testing and Verification Systems.

Eurofins | Chem-MAP® Vegan Verification helps manufacturers, brands and retailers to test, verify and certify vegan chemicals.

The Vegan Verification programme provides the opportunity to build vegan chemical management systems.

We offer the following services:

Strategy Support and Policy Creation.

Bill of Materials (BOM), Chemical Inventory Log (CIL) Creation, & Review.

Risk Assessment of BOM & CIL and Onsite Audit.

Animal DNA Analysis.

Microscopy for Animal Fibres & FTIR Testing For the Presence of Animal Proteins.

Declarations of Conformity & Referrals to the Vegan Society.

Vegan Society Registered Verification Test

The  Vegan Verification Testing programme for the apparel and footwear sector has been registered with The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark.

The Vegan Society registered verification test will give manufacturers, brands, retailers, and consumers the reassurance that vegan product claims have been validated, and the materials used to develop the product have no trace of animal derivatives.

The Vegan Trademark will be awarded to those companies who successfully meet verification criteria for all product components.

Approved and listed with BeVeg

The Eurofins | Chem-MAP testing programme is approved and listed with US-based company BeVeg, as a robust way of verifying products, materials and chemicals as vegan.

BeVeg is the world’s only ISO accredited vegan technical standard, trademark and program, which makes it the most reliable vegan trademark claim on the global marketplace. BeVeg brings uniform applicability and well-defined standards that meet consumer expectations when reviewing a vegan label.  BeVeg is an ISO/IEC 17065 accredited certification standard built in accordance with ISO/IEC 17067 as a conformity assessment programme and accredited by the National Accreditation Centre (NAC)

 

Understand more about the Vegan Verification Programme.

For more information, contact our Chem-MAP Lead Consultant on:

Overview of the phases of the Vegan Verification Programme.


  • Strategy Support

    Policy Creation


  • Bill of Materials (BOM)

    Chemical Inventory Log (CIL) Creation & Review


  • Risk Assessment of BOM & CIL

    On-Site Audits


  • DNA Analysis of Chemicals for Animal DNA

    Microscopy Animal Fibres

    FTIR Testing for the Presence of Animal Proteins


  • Declarations of Conformity

    Referrals to The Vegan Society and BeVeg.

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