A Vegan Verification testing programme developed by Eurofins I Chem-MAP for the clothing and footwear market has been registered with the Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark.
Eurofins I Chem-MAP created the test to give manufacturers, brands, retailers and consumers the reassurance that vegan product claims are valid and that the materials used to develop a product have no trace of animal derivatives. The Vegan Trademark will be awarded to those companies who successfully meet the verification criteria for all product components.
The company states that further benefits of Vegan Verification include:
- Independent third-party verification and certification supported by DNA testing
- Development of chemical management systems for vegan materials that 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
The new Vegan Society-registered verification methodology used in our testing is incredibly robust and will offer the supply chain confidence
“I have been working with companies on the research and development of vegan products for some time now, and in many cases have discovered animal derivatives in the chemical make-up of dyes and glues within products that are labelled as ‘vegan’,” explains Georgina Mawer, chemistry lead and Chem-MAP technical manager. “The new Vegan Society-registered verification methodology used in our testing is incredibly robust and will offer the supply chain confidence that finished retail product is free from animal components and as such, vegan claims are substantiated.”
The Vegan Society’s director of business development, Chantelle Adkins, adds: “We are delighted to have been able to register this test with Eurofins I Chem-MAP and to be able to offer our apparel and footwear trademark holders this additional step in reassuring their consumers that their products really are free from animal products, by-products and derivatives. We are thrilled to see Eurofins leading the way in animal-free DNA testing.”