Certification conditions

UEBT/UTZ Herbal Tea Progam

UEBT and UTZ Certified offer a joint certification program for herbal and fruit tea. This program covers all plants and parts of plants (leaves, fruits, flowers, seeds, roots) that are used to make herbal and fruit teas, both from cultivation and wild collection.

The UEBT certification approach fits the large number of different herbs at low volumes used in the herbal tea sector. UTZ brings its traceability system, the UTZ label, and the link with the existing tea and rooibos program. The collaboration provides a good solution to address sustainability issues in the global herbal tea sector.

Steps towards herbal tea certification

UEBT member
UTZ member
UEBT/UTZ Certified Herbal Tea Certification Checklist
UEBT/UTZ Certified Herbal Tea Certification Field Checklist (in production areas)
UEBT/UTZ certification

UEBT Standard & UTZ Supplement

UEBT/UTZ certified herbs used for tea are collected or grown following specific requirements.

UEBT’s Standard includes requirements on biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of biodiversity, fair and equitable benefit sharing of benefits, local development and labor rights.

Supplementary UTZ requirements apply for example on good agricultural practices.

UEBT Certification Protocol & UTZ supplement

The UEBT/UTZ certification protocol for herbal teas stipulates the internal and external controls that need to be in place to assure that the UEBT/UTZ standard for herbal teas is applied.

Independent external auditors check if all rules are being followed.

Who can become certified?

Organizations that produce or process herbs for tea can be certified by UEBT/UTZ.

Who can use the UTZ label?

Companies that buy UEBT/UTZ certified herbs can use the UTZ label. They need to apply the UTZ Chain of Custody requirements, follow the UTZ Labeling Policy for herbal teas, and pay a premium.

Read more on the UTZ tea programme here