Vegan & Vegetarian Certification

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Assure consumers of the authenticity of your vegan or vegetarian products.

The consumption of vegan and vegetarian foods is soaring as consumers become more concerned about the environment, animal welfare and their own health. To benefit from the rapidly growing global plant-based market, you must be able to assure consumers that your vegan or vegetarian products are authentic.

V-Label certification from SGS can help. The V-Label mark is a symbol of quality that can be used on vegan or vegetarian food and wine products that meet V-Label scheme requirements. It provides transparent assurance that your products do not contain hidden non-vegan or non-vegetarian substances.

What is the V-Label mark?

The V-Label mark is the world’s most trusted mark for vegan and vegetarian quality. To bear the mark, food and wine products must comply with V-Label scheme requirements. This means that all stages of production, processing and distribution must be designed so that the final product contains less than 0.1% of non-vegan or non-vegetarian substances. There must also be an ingredient and process risk assessment and an onsite audit. As V-Label’s auditing partner, SGS ensures strict adherence to these requirements.

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Key Benefits

  • Grow consumer trust in your brand
  • Increase brand recognition within the global vegan and vegetarian market
  • Stand out from competitors
  • Avoid complaints and penalties due to mislabeling

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Six Steps to V-Label Certification from SGS

  1. Contact your nearest SGS office and complete our standard V-Label client questionnaire. Once completed, SGS will put you in direct contact with the appropriate V-Label License body
  2. Complete your V-Label license application and provide the necessary information required for your license offer. V-Label will calculate your annual license fee
  3. Sign your license agreement with V-Label and provide the necessary product information. V-Label will issue a product certificate allowing you to use the V-Label for respective products
  4. Book your onsite audit with SGS and prepare your facility for audit, as required
  5. Once you successfully complete your audit, you will be issued with a certificate of compliance against the V-Label requirements for your facility, to support your V-Label license
  6. Maintain your V-Label certification by planning for your facility’s audits and conducting any product testing that may be necessary

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Related Services from SGS

SGS is the word’s leading testing, inspection and certification company — the global benchmark for quality and integrity. In addition to providing V-label certification audits, we offer:

  • Testing, based on your needs and risk assessment, using primarily DNA based methodology. We also provide ELISA testing to detect allergenic animal products, such as dairy or egg
  • Training on the V-Label scheme’s requirements and its effective implementation
  • Gluten-free certification audits against all globally recognized gluten-free certification schemes

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