The Allergy Seal of Quality
The Allergy Seal of Quality is administered by Service Allergie Suisse
In Switzerland 3 million people suffer from allergies and intolerances. In their everyday life, people with an allergy or intolerance are reliant on products and services that offer added value in terms of safety and information. They look for foods that contain no lactose or gluten, for example, or are free of celery, peanuts or milk. Or they have to switch to cosmetics that contain no perfume or preservatives and dyes.
The heart of the matter: our regulations and certification processes
In drawing up the regulations (requirements), Service Allergie Suisse works closely with authorities and specialists from various sectors (e.g. catering trade, food and cosmetics industries, etc.), with experts in trademark law and major certification bodies operating at the international level. Not least, industry is included in order to find solutions that will be achievable in terms of production technology. Our regulations are always based very precisely on the existing legal framework.
In a rigorous, regulated certification process, products and services that are to bear the Allergy Seal of Quality are scrutinized by external inspection bodies (technical committee, medical specialists). An accredited audit company carries out an audit on site. Once all requirements are fulfilled, the certificate is issued. A re-audit is carried out every three years to ensure sustained compliance. The products bearing the Allergy Seal of Quality are recommended by aha! Swiss Allergy Center.
Internationally recognized, a benefit to sufferers, commercially significant
The Allergy Seal of Quality is an internationally recognised and protected trademark for products and services for people suffering from food allergies and intolerances. Thanks to this labelling, affected people and their families can identify the specific products at a glance. Statistics show that the Swiss Allergy Label has the following value for allergy sufferers:
- Easily identifiable and can be found in various areas of life
- Guarantee of added value due to additional information (details such as “made without milk”, “gluten-free”, etc.)
- Clear and consistent supply with growing choice of allergy-optimized products and services
For manufacturers this means an attractive opportunity to enter the market with specialist products for allergy sufferers. In the process, the Benefits of the Allergy Seal of Quality with its level of recognition helps to position a new product in this growing sector as a safe and quality-controlled product.