The Supplier's products (hereinafter "the Product") must conform to boutique vegan Standards.
The following requirements must be met to conform with the BV Standards:
1. A 0.0% maximum limit applies to
- animal components
- components of animal origin
- animal by-products
in the product
2. The guidelines established by the animal welfare society Deutscher Tierschutzbund must be complied with in the manufacture and development of the product; therefore, in particular:
a) no animal experiments may have been conducted for development and manufacture of the product
b) no raw materials may have been processed that were tested on animals after 1/1/1979. The criterion regarding the above is that the substances must have been on the market before 1/1/1979, regardless of whether they were tested on animals before that date.
Substances that came on the market after that date may not have been tested on animals.
c) no raw materials may have been used that were obtained through cruelty to animals (e.g. bear bile), methods leading to extinction (e.g. musk, turtle oil) or specifically for which animals were killed (e.g. cochineal, silk powder).
d) the Supplier may have no financial dependency on other firms that conduct or commission animal testing (e.g.
3. The products must be classified and labelled by the Supplier applying the following rules:
BV+++ = 0.0% animal components/components of animal origin/animal by-products are contained in the product and are used in the manufacturing process or at the production site. This means for example that the manufacturing
resources used to make the product may not be used to manufacture non-vegan products.
BV++ = 0.0% animal components/components of animal origin/animal by-products are used in the manufacturing process and detectable in the product, but the manufacturing facilities/resources are used to make non-vegan products as well.
BV+ = 0.0% animal components/components of animal origin/animal by-products are used in the manufacturing process and contained in the product, but cross-contamination with animal products is possible, the potential for which is explicitly noted by labelling.