CRITERIA FOR ACCREDITATION
There’s a reason the Choose Cruelty Free List is trusted by Australian consumers. Put simply, our strict criteria support the CCF ethos and our continued work to end testing on animals for cosmetics.
With us, you can be sure that every single aspect is considered, and it’s why our expectations are high.
The manufacturer of products and all related corporations (if any) must satisfy one of the following criteria:
The never tested rule
None of its products and none of its product ingredients have ever been tested on animals by it, by anyone on its behalf, by its suppliers or anyone on their behalf.
The five year (or +) rolling rule
None of its products and none of its product ingredients have been tested on animals by it, by anyone on its behalf, by its suppliers or anyone on their behalf at any time within a period of five years immediately preceding the date of application for accreditation.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CCF ACCREDITATION AND OTHER CERTIFYING BODIES
CCF has a strict policy on animal-derived ingredients. CCF will not accredit a company or manufacturer if any of its products contain any of the following ingredients:
Derived from an animal killed specifically for the extraction of that ingredient;
Forcibly extracted from a live animal in a manner that occasioned pain or discomfort;
Derived from any wildlife;
That are by-products of the fur industry; or
That are slaughterhouse by-products of a commercially significant value (meaning the animal was not killed specifically for the ingredient, but that the ingredient was available due to the animal being killed for other purposes).
PLEASE NOTE: As of October 2019, in line with our cruelty-free ethos and consumer conscience, CCF will no longer certify any new companies containing 'blood products' (companies that meet the non animal testing rule but have products that may contain animal ingredients sourced from slaughterhouse by-products or killed insects). Companies that are presently certified with CCF and categorised as 'bp' will be encouraged and supported to transition to alternative ingredients by 2021 to remain accredited with CCF.
Companies that have applied for accreditation by CCF have signed a legally-binding contract to the effect that what they have said in their application is the truth about their practices. CCF has never accepted ‘Statements of Assurance’ – the company has filled in a detailed questionnaire and signed the contract.
CCF will not accredit companies unless all parent and subsidiaries are also accredited (example, The Body Shop being owned by Natura Cosmeticos). This is one of the reasons that lists produced by other organisations may include companies that CCF would not accredit. Finished products cannot be sold in jurisdictions that require animal-testing.