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What is UMF

The UMF Honey Association oversees all use of the UMF quality trademark and supports licensees and consumers through a comprehensive science and research programme and other activities including:

  • We provide the option to approve all labels, to ensure compliance with brand guidelines and license agreements.
  • We have an independent commissioner who protects the interests of the brand and adjudicates any disputes. He acts as the guardian of the UMF brand.
  • We appoint independent companies to regularly check samples from the marketplace. This helps protect consumers from counterfeit products.
  • We have a programme of standardised testing in place across all the territories where licensee products are sold.

What is Mānuka Honey

Mānuka [ mā·nu·ka ] Honey comes from the nectar of the flower of the Mānuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium) which is indigenous to New Zealand. It is the nectar and the bee that give this honey its unique properties.

The Mānuka flower produces nectar with characteristic and unique signature compounds.

  • It is a unique honey.
  • It is widely recognised and highly sought after by consumers and has a substantial body of research behind it.
  • Mānuka honey is acknowledged as being the ‘standard’ against which other honeys are compared.


UMF Grading System

he UMF grading system has two components which are expressed on any UMF honey product



The label claim that it is genuine Mānuka Honey.


This represents the unique signature compounds characteristic of this honey which ensure purity and quality. These include: the key markers of Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal.

UMFHA Members

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There are over 100 beekeepers, producers and exporters that are qualified and accredited to display the UMF quality trademark on Mānuka honey products. Look for the quality trademark on the label and check to see if the Mānuka Honey product is from a registered license-holder listed below:

Members of the UMFHA enjoy the following benefits:
Industry-leading standards to work from and access to a quality trademark – UMF – which gives consumers confidence that they are buying genuine Mānuka honey.
Gives a group of license-holders the opportunity to collectively coordinate their support of research and promotion of genuine Mānuka honey.
Enables members to give consumers greater benefits and confidence in international markets.