In 2010, the EDFA member companies committed themselves to a documentary traceability system and a code of conduct. This stipulates that no down or feathers harvested in a manner that inflicts pain upon the animals may be procured or processed. The companies also included a corresponding declaration in their purchase agreements or general terms of business.
The origin of down and feathers is recorded through a detailed documentation system, the EDFA Traceability Standard. Together with auditing specialists, several of the association's working groups developed the Traceability Standard to enable the origin of down and feather filling materials from poultry meat production to be documented. This applies to all deliveries from EU member states, European countries and third-party countries. The EDFA Traceability Standard therefore covers feather harvesting all over the world.
Since its introduction, suppliers must certify that their products come from slaughtered animals or that feather collection has taken place during moulting in accordance with the applicable legislation. To check the accuracy of this information, regular audits are carried out by neutral experts or organisations.
Bedding that is manufactured under these conditions can be labelled accordingly for consumers.