Revision of Better Life criteria for secundary participants

The Better Life Label Foundation (BLLF) is revising its criteria for secundary participants.

This means we have made a number of adjustments:

  • Modular structure of the criteria with less overlapping criteria for different company types;
  • No additional lists with supplementary decisions and interpretations;
  • Better alignment with the ISO standards for quality systems;
  • Sanctions in accordance with international standards.

The Modular structure also makes it possible to request one overview with all the criteria that have to be met, in case a business has several company types.

The revised criteria have entered into force at 1 September 2023. Click here to view the revised criteria.

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Participant self-evaluation checklist

Below you will find a checklist designed for businesses interested in participating in the Better Life label. The purpose of the checklist is to provide a quick overview of your progress in achieving Better Life label certification for your business. However, please be aware that this is an abridged version of the entire list of criteria. It is crucial to fulfill all criteria relevant to your company type. As a participant, you are responsible for ensuring compliance with the entire list of Better Life label criteria for your specific company type.

This checklist incorporates the updated criteria that have taken effect on 1 September, 2023. You can access the updated criteria here.

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What is food service?

Food service includes companies that process (heat, prepare, etc.) Better Life label products on location and offer them to consumers for immediate consumption. During (a part of) this process, the Better Life label is no longer an inseparable and integral part of the product. A protocol should be drawn up for this purpose. This will describe how the branches separate Better Life label products from non-Better Life label products and how to comply with the associated criteria. The head office and corresponding branches/locations are regularly inspected and certified (according to the inspection frequency as established in the certification regulations) by a Certification Body on the basis of the corresponding Better Life criteria. Food service includes catering for businesses, institutions, schools and airlines, fast food restaurants, kiosks and petrol stations.

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Additional documents for food service

The latest versions of these documents can be found on the Regulations page:

  • Conditions protocol for processors
  • User protocol and style manual
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