Vegetarian and Vegan certification

The Vegetarian and Vegan Products standard certifies food products and gastronomic preparations of catering obtained without the use of ingredients of animal origin, helping the consumer to easily identify them on the market.


The ICEA standard for the certification of Vegetarian and Vegan products was developed in collaboration with LAV objection against vivisection which has always promoted an information campaign in favor of 100% vegetable consumption.

Vegan products doesn’t contain any derivatives of animal origin, while in the case of vegetarian products the ingredients based on milk, eggs and honey are allowed but must be organic or, alternatively, come from farms that respect the welfare of animals and their feeding with GMO-free feed.

It is not always known that bread can contain lard, the rennet used for the production of cheese is normally obtained from veal abomasum and that products of animal origin such as casein, albumin and animal jellies are used to produce wine.

ICEA VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN certified products guarantee:

  • Compliance with product and process requirements required by the standard;
  • Truthful and verified labels that can reassure the consumer who prefers a vegetarian or vegan diet;
  • Absence of ingredients and / or animal derivatives for products where their indication on the label is not required (such as for processing aids and manufacturing aids).



Preliminary assessment.
Initial evaluation of the products and the production process, which includes, among other things, the evaluation of the composition of the products for which certification is requested, as well as the compliance of raw materials through the technical sheets of all the components, including additives and technological adjuvants . The applicant company must describe all the work procedures and the separation and cleaning measures adopted in order to prevent any contact and contamination with animal ingredients.

On-site inspection verification.
On-site inspection aimed at verifying the actual compliance of the products with the vegan requirements of the specification; the correct organization and management of manufacturing processes and internal procedures that may compromise the product’s compliance with the requirements defined in the standard; compliance with relevant environmental and social criteria.

Issue of the Certificate of Conformity.
Issue of the Certificate of Conformity based on the information and data collected in the assessment and verification process. The certificate contains the list of certified products and their vegan and BIOvegan classification.

Surveillance: periodic inspections and analyzes.
Annual monitoring through periodic inspections and analyzes aimed at confirming the maintenance of the compliance conditions.