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SGS and V-Label to Offer Vegan and Vegetarian Mark to Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household Products

October 04, 2022

Demand for vegan and vegetarian products is driving the need for reliable and consistent labeling to identify these goods.

V-Label is the most trusted and internationally recognized mark for vegan and vegetarian quality.

Building upon a solid foundation

Following a successful partnership in food and wine V-Label certification, SGS and V-Label are expanding the service to cosmetics, personal care and household products. This unique partnership offers best-in-class service to help clients better address the vegan market.

Commenting on this growing partnership, Jeff McDonald, Executive Vice President at SGS, said: "We are delighted to unite with V-Label for this new service.

"Building on the successful model for offering V-Label in the food sector, I am pleased that we can now support any company in the cosmetics and personal care sector to increase consumer confidence in the authenticity and highest standards of their products."

Renato Pichler, CEO of V-Label GmbH, said: "Certified vegan and vegetarian products sell more because trust makes the sales.

"Brands can essentially say anything they want as part of their marketing strategy, but when a product is verified as 100% vegan or vegetarian by an independent authority, it gains trust."

What are the benefits of the partnership?

V-Label is a unique international symbol of quality for vegan and vegetarian products. This expanded partnership brings V-Label's already strong level of recognition to a wider audience via SGS's global network.

Mr McDonald added: "One of the key differentiators of this new service is its versatility – it covers a wide range of beauty and care products.

"The process incorporates a comprehensive examination of the origin of raw materials, ingredients, additives and ancillaries used at each stage of the production cycle, measures undertaken to prevent cross-contamination throughout production, and the presence of GMOs that need to be declared, while we verify the status of animal testing, among other areas."

The V-Label standard is supported by a fully auditable program and standard criteria, as well as the V-Label product mark.

As auditing partners, SGS will ensure consistency in implementing the requirements with a stringent program of auditor training and qualification around the world. Clients will benefit from a certificate of compliance displaying the SGS and V-Label logos, bringing added recognition within the global vegan and vegetarian market.

Contact your local SGS office for more information.

About SGS

We are SGS – the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company. We are recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. Our 96,000 employees operate a network of 2,700 offices and laboratories, working together to enable a better, safer and more interconnected world.

For more information, please contact:

Jason Hulbert
Associate Marketing Manager
t: +44 7912 426878

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