Rules for Certification

In 1997 the eight Trappist breweries (all in Europe) came together to form the International Trappist Association, a non-profit that protects the Trappist name by establishing rules for monasteries seeking certification and the privilege of using the “Authentic Trappist Product” logo.

The three cardinal rules for certification are:
1. Products which carry this label are produced within the walls of the monastery or in the vicinity of the monastery.

2. The monastic community determines the policies and provides the means of production. The whole process of production must be in accordance with the business practices proper to a monastic way of life.

3. The profits are primarily intended to provide for the needs of the monastic community and for outreach to disadvantaged communities, groups and individuals.