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3 Steps to the Allergy Seal of Quality
Step 1: Application
Send the completed and signed application form with details of the company and the products to be certified together with the signed non-disclosure agreement and the signed offer to Service Allergie Suisse.
Step 2: Assessment
The certification process can be started after receipt of all necessary documents and consists of three tests by independent bodies:
- Committee of scientific experts
- Committee of medical experts
- On-site product- or process-related audit at the manufacturing plant by an independent accredited audit company.
Once all the assessments have been successfully completed, the audit report is released by Service Allergie Suisse.
Step 3: Issue License and Certificate
Signing of the licence agreement based on the signed offer and issue of the certificate.
Once certified, products and services are subject to regular control. This means: a surveillance audit is carried out once a year and a re-audit takes place every three years.
The basic requirements, applicable to all product groups, are laid down in the regulation “General requirements for the Allergy Seal of Quality" and the specific requirements in related annexes. The "penalty provisions" is another component of the regulation of Service Allergie Suisse.
Allergen management is an integral part of the requirements. A company that manufactures products with the Allergy Seal of Quality or offers certified services must demonstrate and implement an allergen management system in accordance with the HACCP concept in order to be certified. This must ensure that the safety of products and services is guaranteed at all times. The company must also ensure that the requirements for certified products and services are met at all times. The allergen management must include the following information:
Responsibilities and authority
Responsibilities, authority and communication are defined in such a way that an effective implementation and maintenance of the allergen management system can be ensured.
Hazard analyses and measures
Allergen-related hazards are identified, assessed and controlled by means of a risk analysis and assessment, ensuring that the specified requirements are observed. Measures to control the hazard must be specified.
The penalty provisions are an integral part of the regulation and govern penalties, deadlines and sanctions in the case of non-conformities.
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A consistent appearance is very important for the recognition of the Allergy Seal of Quality in order to retain and increase brand awareness, which in turn improves sales of the certified products or services.
The label is called: Allergy Seal of Quality
This name must be used. There are no other alternatives!
The Allergy Quality Seal must be printed in colour (light green with blue text) on the packaging. We will provide you with the necessary professional artwork for the design of the packaging. The colours for printing are light green (C25/M0/Y100/K0) and blue (C100/M70/Y0/K10). The size of the Allergy Seal of Quality on packaging depends on the size of the packaging and the respective design. However, the letters on the Allergy Seal of Quality must be clearly readable. For packaging that are produced in one colour, the Allergy Seal of Quality can be used on request black and white. You can obtain the corresponding artwork from Service Allergie Suisse.
Ok to print
The Allergy Seal of Quality must always be used in the original design and within the agreed framework as per the licence agreement. Please always ensure that you send us, for the final approval, all of your materials related to packaging, text on web pages, advertisements, brochures and media texts where they refer to the Allergy Seal of Quality.
To assist you we provide possible descriptions of Service Allergie Suisse and the Allergy Seal of Quality.
Here you can download the User Guidelines.