The certification system “OK vegan” was developed by TÜV AUSTRIA Hellas in cooperation with Vegan Life with a view to society, animal welfare, environment and consumer rights.
TÜV AUSTRIA “OK vegan” defines the substances from which products must be completely free in order to comply with the vegan philosophy, as defined by the International Standard ISO 23662:2021.
OK vegan is a comprehensive certification scheme aimed at preventing and reducing the use of products of animal origin, in order to avoid all possibilities of contamination of vegan products by materials and ingredients of animal origin. TÜV AUSTRIA OK vegan-certified products have a direct link with suppliers and material partners involved in the production and standardisation of foodstuffs.
As society evolves, an increasing proportion of the population worldwide is turning to vegetarianism and the search for products suitable for vegetarians. The reasons vary for each individual and include mainly health awareness through a vegetarian diet, but also moral ideology to protect animal rights and the environment, religious beliefs, and other personal reasons.
As many products of plant origin have animal materials and their derivatives added to them or are processed using animal materials, it is now particularly important to ensure that these products are suitable for consumption by people who have chosen a vegan lifestyle.
The TÜV AUSTRIA “OK vegan” was developed by TÜV AUSTRIA Hellas, in collaboration with Vegan Life, with an eye on society, the protection of animal rights and the environment, as well as consumer rights. Through the scheme, the responsibility, social consciousness, sensitivity and business ethics that govern the company, which ensures the production of products free of materials and ingredients of animal origin, are highlighted.
TÜV AUSTRIA “OK vegan” benefits
- Companies have their products tested and certified by an independent and internationally recognized certification body
- Customers no longer have to carry out checks themselves, which reduces the time and costs involved
- Companies show their commitment to offering products that meet the requirements of the vegan philosophy and fulfill customer expectations