In 1944 The Vegan Society created the word 'vegan' - their Trademark is the authentic international vegan standard.
Today, products must pass the following criteria to be eligible for registration. A dedicated and experienced team check each individual product application against the criteria and query any potential inclusion of animal ingredients, including those not present in the final product.
Working with manufacturers, audits for products at high-risk of cross-contamination with animal ingredients are carried out to give vegan consumers further reassurance. They renew the registration of each product annually to ensure information is accurate and up to date.
The Vegan Society understands the word ‘animal’ to refer to the entire animal kingdom that is all vertebrates and all multicellular invertebrates. The word may be used either as a noun or an adjective and to refer to either a species or an individual animal, depending on the context. Unless otherwise stated, it usually means non-human animals. The manufacture and/or development of the product, and where applicable its ingredients, must not involve or have involved, the use of any animal product, by-product or derivative.
Quality Vegetarian ® is the first national certification of vegetarian and vegan products, to serve the competitiveness of companies and the vegetarian and vegan market.
The standard is recognized and promoted by the Italian Vegetarian Association (AVI), which has chosen to entrust to CSQA the certification to live up to the European regulations and the guarantees required by companies and consumers. The use of the trademark by companies is therefore conditional upon obtaining the certification of CSQA certifying compliance with the standard.
The requirements for a product to be certified and use the Vegetarian ® Quality mark are: exclusion of ingredients whose achievement has resulted in the sacrifice of animals; The use of BIO-certified animal derivatives (e.g. Milk, eggs etc) or obtained from animals raised in the wild; The absence of parts of animal origin also in equipment and packaging materials.
The main requirements for a product to qualify for certification and use the Vegetarian Quality Vegan ® logo are the exclusion of ingredients and derivatives of animal origin. The absence of parts of animal origin also in equipment and packaging materials.
The general interest in vegetarian, vegan or plant-based lifestyles is gaining momentum everywhere. A variety of reasons contribute to this development, including health concerns, continuing food scandals, environmental impact and compassion for animals.
At a time when diet recommendations are popular and changing continually, it is especially important to provide decision-makers with reliable information and support and encourage them in creating change towards a more healthy and sustainable way of life. The EVU aims to do just that.
The main activities of the EVU are:
To lobby governments, European institutions and organisations for greater recognition of vegetarian issues in policy decisions;
To support and represent member societies on a European level, and to offer a platform for close cooperation;
To raise public awareness of, and promote vegetarianism, vegetarian issues and the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle;
To further promote the successful V-Label scheme, in the interest of all vegetarian and vegan consumers across Europe. The EVU currently represents national member organisations from 25 countries. It is politically, ethnically and religiously neutral, independent and autonomous.