The International Certification Process
Currently applications will be accepted for review by Companies in Australia and the United Kingdom. Eventually as each of the certification trademarks we have pending in 14 other countries get accepted we will extend the Certification Process to those countries. In the future we will accept applications by any company from any country we are approved to certify in.
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 (POF)
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 APPLY NOW
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 thoroughly exploring
potential palm oil ingredients of a product back to its source in various
ways until a definitive answer on its origin is found. We do not 'just'
accept the word of, or a signed letter from an ingredient manufacturer
that their ingredient is ‘palm oil free' as POFCAP has learnt over many
years of research that this method cannot always be relied upon and
that a combination of procedures need to occur.
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 instance, testing may tell you if a product contains stearic acid but it can’t tell you exactly whether that stearic acid’s origins stem from coconut, castor oil, palm oil etc. For these reasons we have developed our own methods so you can be sure that a POFCAP certified product has had every ingredient and its derivatives thoroughly checked to be Palm Oil Free and that we can’t find proof of that we do not certify the product.
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 (POFC) 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 POFCAP to review.
The International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme (POFCAP) assesses and CERTIFIES products not RECOMMENDS 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”