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apply for accreditation

to be eligible to apply for CCF accreditation your company must: 

1. produce cosmetics, toiletries and/or household cleaning products;
2. be fully established for one year;
3. have an ABN (or equivalent for offshore companies);
4. have a business e-mail address and an operational website; and
5. be currently selling to Australian consumers online and/or retail.

If you can meet these initial criteria, please read on. If your company is not yet established please contact us again in the future and we will be happy to help you.

Accreditation faqs can be found here.

To become an accredited cruelty-free company with CCF, you must fill in the Questionnaire & Application for Accreditation (Q&A), including a legally binding contract.

If you use a contract manufacturer to make some or all of your products and they are not on our list of accredited manufacturers, they too are required to complete a Q&A in support of your application. Your manufacturer need only complete the forms as they relate to the products they make for you.

If the application is successful, your company receives for the duration of your accreditation a complimentary listing on our website, in the printed CCF List booklet, in CCF’s free iPhone/Android App, one announcement via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, and listing in the monthly CCF eUpdate. CCF produces and distributes all materials to the public free of charge.

As a non-profit organisation CCF charges a one-off administrative fee of AUD$100 to cover the costs we incur during the accreditation process. This fee is payable on submission of a completed Q&A. There is no fee for your contract manufacturer.

Companies on the CCF List are regularly asked to undergo re-accreditation to ensure that they still comply with CCF’s criteria for accreditation. There is no fee for re-accreditation.

Once accredited, companies may opt to take out a License to use the Rabbit Logo for an annual fee. There is no obligation to take out a License.

The Not Tested on Animals Rabbit Logo is a registered trade mark and may only be used by accredited companies that have taken out a license and paid the annual license fee.

Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) can’t accredit “mixed-brand” retail or online stores or brand distributors. We accredit the entire company, rather than individual brands or products.

Applications for accreditation must be made by the owner/Director of a company. CCF Accreditation is not transferable and if a CCF-accredited business is sold, the company is removed from the CCF List while the new owner is invited to apply for accreditation.

For all enquiries about accreditation or to start the process please use the contact form below.

criteria for accreditation

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.

Unlike other lists of cruelty-free companies, CCF also has a strict policy on animal-derived ingredients.

CCF will not accredit a manufacturer if any of its products contain any 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) .

CCF also 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.

Companies applying for accreditation by CCF must sign 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 must fill in the detailed Questionnaire and sign the contract.

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