Plant-Based Certification Program Global Standard

The BRCGS Plant-Based Certification Program (PBCP) Global Standard has been developed in response to a shift in consumer purchasing behavior resulting in the rapidly growing demand for plant-based products. Plant-based products are relatively novel, and the industry has been challenged with meeting consumer demands while also protecting brand reputation and mitigating risk. The PBCP Global Standard provides certainty for industry and consumers alike.

The PBCP Global Standard is based on a comprehensive management system approach and provides framework for manufacturers to assist them in the production of plant-based food. It includes operational criteria required to be in place to ensure plant-based products are free of material of animal origin.

Even the most informed consumer may unknowingly consume animal products or ingredients due to the challenge of correctly identifying animal containing ingredients based on product labeling information alone. The PBCP Global Standard on pack trademark will empower consumers to make informed choices quickly and easily. The trademark will allow brands and products to differentiate themselves.

The Plant-Based Certification Program Global Standard provides confidence to consumers and industry alike.

Scope of the PBCP Global Standard

The PBCP Global Standard applies only to the control of animal inputs in plant-based products, in the manufacture, processing and packing of:

  • processed foods, both own brand and customer branded
  • ingredients for use by food service companies, catering companies, and food manufacturers
  • pet foods (GFSI benchmarked schemes only)
  • natural health products