The EPV label "Living Heritage Company" guide

Andrée Jardin has been awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label, a label that highlights unique companies that know how to combine innovation and tradition. Would you like to know more? Here is our guide to the EPV label.

What is the EPV label?

Entreprise du patrimoine vivant (EPV) is an official French label, created in 2005, delivered at the beginning under the authority of the Ministry of Economy and Finance and now by the Institut National des Métiers d'Art (INMA).

It is accessible to companies engaged in production, processing, repair or restoration, except in the case of the agricultural and fishing sectors.

The label "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" (Living Heritage Company) is a mark of recognition of the State, set up to distinguish French companies among others, and industrial and artisanal know-how of excellence.

Since its creation in 2005, the EPV label has highlighted unique companies that know how to combine innovation and tradition, know-how and creation, work and passion, heritage and future, local and international.

Awarded for a renewable period of 5 years, this label gathers manufacturers sharing a certain vision of the activities that should be those of their company: the high performance of their trade and their products, a permanent attention to internal training, a technically and socially innovative approach and a dynamic commercial strategy.

Objectives and benefits of the EPV label

EPV label companies know how to reconcile tradition and innovation, know-how and creation, work and passion, heritage and future, local and international. It is a guarantee of quality for consumers, customers and prescribers who are looking for a professional recognized for his know-how.

This label can bring national or even international media coverage to a company, promote its development and can be accompanied by an advantageous tax regime.

The INMA website references all the advantages here

A label that supports "made in France"

Living Heritage Companies maintain their production activity in France, in sectors with high added value. Most of them are present on international markets and export emblematic French know-how. They are representative of the spirit and know-how "made in France" and forge the French economic and cultural identity.

By calling on the know-how of a certified company, customers and prescribers support the maintenance and development of these prestigious activities in France, in order to secure and consolidate permanent jobs that are not relocated.

Where can I find the list of certified companies?

The Living Heritage Companies are divided between industrial, medical and mechanical equipment, tableware, culture & communication, gastronomy, architecture & built heritage, fashion & beauty, furniture & decoration, leisure & transport.

There are currently 1186 companies with the EPV label and 229 companies in the process of renewing their label.

These companies currently represent nearly 65,000 jobs and a cumulative annual turnover of over 14.6 billion euros.

The list of EPV companies is available on the government website and those under renewal at here

How can a company apply for the EPV label?

To qualify for the label, companies must meet at least two of the criteria in each of the following three categories:

1. Criteria indicating ownership of specific economic assets (and/or) :

  • The company owns rare equipment, tools, machines, models, technical documentation
  • The company holds industrial property rights related to its products, services or production equipment
  • The company implements an active approach to creation or innovation that can generate a significant customer network

2. Criteria indicating the possession of a rare know-how based on the mastery of traditional or highly technical techniques (and/or) :

  • The company has specific know-how, held by a small number of companies, which contributes significantly to its added value
  • The company trains employees internally, in particular apprentices, in know-how that is not directly accessible through the usual training channels or concerning small training flows
  • The company employs one or more employees who collectively possess excellent know-how with a creative or innovative dimension, justified either by titles, diplomas or high-level awards, or by a significant amount of professional experience enabling them to carry out complex work

3. Criteria indicating the geographical location, the reputation of the company or the exercise of a social responsibility approach (and/or) :

  • The company has been producing in its historical basin or in its current location for more than fifty years or is established in premises that have historical or architectural value
  • The company has a well-known name or brand, notably because it has received national distinctions or is the subject of reference publications, or because it works on property belonging to the heritage protected as historical monuments or on objects or furniture stamped to perpetuate a stylistic trend, or because it manufactures products that reflect the cultural identity of its territory
  • The company has a socially responsible approach through, for example, actions to promote its professions to young people or a responsible supply policy that favors short circuits, etc.

The application is made via the INMA website: