Quality Certification & Ingredient Performance Marks

As the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of Manuka honey, Comvita has always been committed to providing assurances to global customers of freshness, purity, safety and authenticity.

Comvita CEO Brett Hewlett says, “Comvita was the first in the world to implement a new UPHLC laboratory method that detects in a single test for UMF, any effects of heat damage and the freshness of Manuka honey. This rapid 3 in 1 test has given us enormous advantages in screening for the highest possible Manuka honey quality. We can provide assurances to our global customers that the quality is consistent and will remain so for the entire shelf-life of the product.”

Comvita holds the following Quality and Safety Certificates.

NPA

We know truly natural skincare is best for the health of your skin. But when we say our products are natural, you shouldn’t have to take our word for it.

That’s why we have our products certified as natural under the internationally recognised NPA standard. The NPA logo provides an independent guarantee of authentically natural products.

SYN12

Our high strength Olive Leaf Complex is processed from freshly picked leaves and along with the scores of natural plant nutrients and the main antioxidant known as oleuropein, this unique fresh leaf extract contains at least 11 other important phenolic antioxidants. The balanced synergy of all the active olive leaf compounds working together gives our globally unique extract its effective healing power. We call this effect SYNERGY12™.

PFL

Comvita created the PFL™ standard for Propolis Flavonoids to show the concentration of flavonoids in each dose. PFL™15 will provide 15mg of flavonoids per recommended dose. PFL™30 will provide 30mg per recommended dose.

DHA/EPA

EPA and DHA are only found in significant quantities in marine life, particularly from deep-sea cold-water fish and shell fish. You would need to consume over a kilogram of fish every day in order to get the recommended intake of EPA and DHA.

AOX

AOX appears on products that are members of the Comvita Antioxidant product range.

UMF

UMF® stands for ‘Unique Manuka Factor’, a measure of the unique type of activity which is naturally present at varying levels in honey made from the nectar of the Manuka tree, native to New Zealand.

UMF Honey Association Licensee (1019)

Comvita is a licensee of the UMFHA (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association. Licence Number 1019. Comvita has been a member of UMFHA for over 18 years.

The UMF® trademark is a quality trademark that is internationally verified and recognised. It is backed by an industry quality standard, independent audits and a network of accredited laboratories around the world. You can be sure that you are buying the best quality Manuka honey and your rights as a consumer are protected.

To carry the UMF® brand, the manufacturer or owner of the brand must hold a current UMF® license with UMFHA (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association). In addition, genuine UMF® Manuka Honey complies with all five of the following criteria:

  1. UMF® is clearly stated on the front label
  2. It is packed into jars and labelled in New Zealand
  3. It is from a New Zealand company licensed by UMFHA to use the name UMF®
  4. It has the UMF® licensee’s name on the front label
  5. It has a rating of UMF® 5+ or more.

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HACCP Certified (Certificate No: HCV21212 and FSAU13/8403)

HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points. This is a preventative Food Safety System in which every step in the manufacture, storage and distribution of a food product is scientifically analysed for microbiological, physical and chemical hazards. Potential hazards are, therefore, identified and appropriate control measures are taken before any problems can occur. 

Comvita operates under a certified Food Safety Management System which complies with CAC HACCPVER:2003 – CODEX HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point ) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) for the production, packing and distribution of Mixed Flora and UMF® certified Honey (Manuka Honey).

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New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Registered Exporter

Comvita is registered as an Exporter with the Ministry for Primary Industries. New Zealand Exporters need to be registered to be able to apply for official assurances (export certificates).

Duties of Registered Exporters:

There are certain duties for a Registered Exporter to carry out under the various Acts. As a Registered Exporter Comvita receives a letter from MPI, which outlines specific duties for the products we export. The duties include the following:

  1. Ensuring our products meet relevant New Zealand standards
  2. Complying with relevant export eligibility requirements
  3. Reporting to MPI if they are no longer fit for purpose or are refused entry by a destination country
  4. Keeping appropriate records.

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Ministry for Primary Industries Risk Management Programmes (RMPs)

Comvita processes and stores products, classed under New Zealand legislation as animal products. This includes our bee products and our Omega fish oil products. We operate under a registered Risk Management Programme (RMP). An RMP is a written programme designed to manage hazards, wholesomeness and labelling of animal material and products. Comvita’s RMP describes how we process your products to meet the requirements of the Animal Products Act 1999. This is to ensure the products we sell are 'fit for purpose' – safe, suitable and truthfully labelled.

Comvita’s RMP is registered and verified by the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries.

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New Zealand Ministry of Health GMP Certificate

In the Australian market some Comvita products are classified as Therapeutic Goods. Medsafe, a division of the New Zealand Ministry of Health, verifies the systems and processes our Paengaroa facility has in place against the internationally recognised Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) Guide to Good Manufacturing Practice for Medicinal Products. This certification recognises that we have robust systems to ensure the safety and efficiency therapeutic goods.

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Australian Therapeutic Goods Agency (TGA) GMP Certificate

In Australia at our Coominya farm, Comvita holds a TGA verified Certificate of GMP Compliance as a Manufacturer which means we have been verified to have robust systems in place to meet the PIC/S Guide. Additionally, In Australia, our Olive Leaf Extract operations hold a Licence to Manufacture Therapeutic Goods as part of the requirements under the Act. This licence authorises our operations to carry out full product manufacture including testing and to release product to the market

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