The aim of the Vegan Australia Certified program is to ensure that products bearing the Vegan Australia Certified logo do not contain any ingredients of animal origin and that animal products have not been used during the manufacturing process.
Vegan certification helps both vegan businesses and non-vegan businesses promote their vegan products. It also provides assurance to those looking for vegan products.
This standard specifies the criteria products must meet for compliance with the Vegan Australia Certified program.
This standard covers both manufactured vegan products and vegan menu items in restaurants.
For a product to meet this standard:
- the product must not contain any ingredients derived from animals
- animal products must not be used in the manufacturing process
- the product and its ingredients must not be tested on animals by the manufacturer or a related entity
- any ingredient that may be of animal origin must have a traceable supply chain
- reasonable steps must be taken to minimise cross contamination
For products made in facilities that also handle non-vegan products, reasonable steps must be taken to minimise cross contamination. If there is a risk of contamination with animal products, the product packaging should include an appropriate statement, such as "may contain ...". No animal ingredients are to be deliberately added at any point during production.
Products are certified for one year (or other period as granted at Vegan Australia's discretion), after which certification must be renewed.
Notes on the standard
- For more information about how the standard is applied when certifying products where there is a possibility of cross contamination with non-vegan ingredients, see Cross contamination when certifying vegan products.
- Certified products must not include instructions on the packaging or other material that indicate animal products should be used in the preparation, use or finishing of the product. This criterion is a conclusion of the specification that "animal products must not be used in the manufacturing process" by including processing done by the consumer after purchase of the product.