The International Certification Process
Currently applications will be accepted for review by companies from any country.
Each product which displays the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark has undergone very thorough research via POFCAP’s Accreditation Programme and has been Certified Palm Oil Free (CPOF) and Palm Oil Derivative Free (PODF)
There are 2 Stages in the Application Process. Some products will only require Stage 1, others will require Stage 2 as well. The process is explained briefly below but if you are a company and you would like more detailed information about our Certification Process please click HOW TO APPLY
The International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme’s (POFCAP's) Certification process has evolved over many years of research and data collection. It is extensive and involves thorough exploring.
We also learnt many years ago that you can’t 'back engineer' a product – which means you can’t simply submit a product for testing in a lab to find out if it contains palm oil or palm oil derivatives. Testing is not specific enough to detect the 100’s possibly 1,000's of ingredients made from palm oil.
For these reasons POFCAP has developed its own extensive & thorough research methods so consumers can be sure that a POFCAP certified product has had every ingredient and its derivatives thoroughly checked to be Palm Oil Free. If any doubt exists, the product is not certified.
This Certification is product based NOT brand based.
This means companies who sell products which contain palm oil AND sell products which do not contain palm oil can apply for Certification for the palm oil free products in their range.
Should the company’s entire range be Certified Palm Oil Free (CPOF) the company has permission to use the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark (POFCTM) to market their entire range.
Once products have been Certified Palm Oil Free the company may apply for a Triennial License to use the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark on those Certified products. Within that 3 year period additional products (either new or newly formulated with Palm Oil Free ingredients) can be submitted anytime during the 3yr period for additional Certification.
The POFCTM may NOT be used to represent an entire company range (it represents individual products), UNLESS the companies’ entire range is Certified Palm Oil Free. Violations of these regulations will result in immediate termination of the use of the POFCTM
Companies are required to notify the POFCAP Team when the ingredients in any Certified product changes and will be required to submit new ingredient lists for review.
The International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme (POFCAP) assesses and CERTIFIES products then announces them. POFCAP publishes all certified products on their website & across social media to make consumers aware which products have been Certified.
POFCAP does not permit companies to use language which implies that POFCAP recommends a specific product. Acceptable wording is as follows, “Certified Palm Oil Free by POFCAP” or "Palm Oil Free Certified (POFC) by POFCAP”