16+ refers to The Molan Gold Standard™ (MGS) - a scientific grading system reviewed by the Ministry for Primary Industries of New Zealand. It appraises the natural marker methylglyoxal found in Manuka honey, and assures purity and quality.
The Molan Gold Standard™ is tested and certified by an accredited New Zealand laboratory under the ISO17025 standard and a lab certificate for any batch of Molan Gold Standard certified honey is available on request.
MGS also certifies that scientific standards have been met to ensure the highest quality is maintained in all aspects.
The term 'Active Manuka Honey' was devised by the New Zealand Honey Research Institute to distinguish biologically active honey from non-active Manuka varieties. Honey with a bioactive factor rating greater than 12 is clinically Active. The Manuka Honey in our skincare is highly bio-active and has been certified with a 16+ Bio-Active Factor, containing ≥ 600 mg/kg.