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 legal provisions and their implementation by trade and industry as well as inspection measures are now at a very high level in Switzerland. However, the Benefits of the Allergy Seal of Quality goes a few steps further – the requirements for products and services are far more stringent and compliance is constantly monitored by several independent supervisory bodies. Furthermore, we require additional information about the products and services for consumers. This means people with allergies and intolerances benefit from a clear added value in terms of safety and information when choosing products and using services that bear the Benefits of the Allergy Seal of Quality.
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, audit companies). 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 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:
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.
Service Allergie Suisse, a swiss company based in Bern, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Foundation aha! Allergy Centre and holds the worldwide usage rights for the Allergy Seal of Quality.