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GMPs, QA & QC

GMPs, QA & QC

The implementation of new safety measures and current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) are having a huge impact on business. We bring you the latest developments in this increasingly important sector.

Specialized services could be lost in drive toward lab consolidation, experts say

The accelerating trend toward consolidation in the analytical testing sphere could diminish the highly specific services required to meet the needs of a complex industry like dietary supplements, experts say.

Proper calibration, personnel training key to successful use of in-house testing equipment

A lack of identity testing is a frequent failure cited in warning letters issued by the Food and Drug Administration. But even when tests are being done, they need to...

Sabinsa takes lead to establish Global Curcumin Association

Major curcuminoids supplier Sabinsa has taken a step it hopes will help protect the entire category by becoming the founding board member of the Global Curcumin Association.

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AHPA launches GACP-GMP resource center

The American Herbal Products Association has developed a set of free assessment tools for use with AHPA's recently released Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical...

Data show botanicals are best selling category of supplements

The botanicals sector is thriving, in part because it is hooking onto broader trends in the culture. That’s the message that audience members received during a webinar yesterday.

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Systematic reviews backing efficacy of botanical ingredients continue to pile up, expert says

The good news in the botanicals sector is that increasing numbers of systematic reviews and meta-analyses show that there is strong support for the health benefits of these ingredients, said...

Red yeast rice product analysis misstates GMP issue, consultant asserts

A recent article on the variability of red yeast rice supplements provides valuable information but comes to a false conclusion, according to an expert on herbal supplements.

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One week to go: UNPA hosts PCQI training for dietary supplement companies

The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) is launching a new training course, “Preventive Controls Workshop for Dietary Supplements: PCQI Training for Dietary Supplement Companies”, but spaces are limited.

Sports nutrition brands have lower SAE rates, expert says

Despite the perception that sports nutrition products tend to include ‘edgy’ ingredients, data suggest that these are among the safest of supplements, already a very safe category, an expert says,

AHPA supports NIST in DNA testing program

A new government program being facilitated by the American Herbal Products Association will assess the reliability of current DNA techniques for botanical identification.

Stakeholder group seeks consensus on dietary supplement quality practices

A collaborative group that includes stakeholders from across the industry is moving forward in an effort to define what is meant by ‘quality’ when referring to a dietary supplement.

UNPA endorses the Supplement OWL

The Supplement OWL is “an important and necessary first step towards transparency”, said Loren Israelsen, president of the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) following his organization’s endorsement of the initiative....

Translating transparency into business calculus

Being transparent is more than just the right thing to do. It can boost the bottom line, experts say.

ABC puts out lab document on grapefruit seed extracts

The American Botanical Council has released another in its series of laboratory guidance documents, this one covering the controversial product grapefruit seed extract.

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SIDI Work Group releases updated protocol, calls for stakeholder comments

The SIDI Work Group, the dietary supplement industry’s self-regulatory coalition, has released an updated draft of its “Standardized Information on Dietary Ingredients (SIDI) Protocol”, and is calling for feedback from...

Knowing how FDA inspectors do their jobs, which is public info, will boost GMP compliance, expert says

Knowing the other team’s game plan can help ensure victory.  And this opportunity is open to dietary supplement companies when it comes to GMP compliance, an expert says.

AHPA urges EPA to revamp pesticide limits for botanicals

The American Herbal Products Association has urged federal regulators to revamp pesticide rules that unfairly impact minor crops that include many botanical commodities.

Indena’s DNA authentication program raises the bar for quality and traceability

With a unique herbarium, a new “DNA Tested” seal, and exclusive access to “breakthrough” handheld genomic technology for botanical ID testing, Indena is “giving a pragmatic solution to the industry”,...

Indena and Hyris partner on portable genomic identification of botanicals

Italian botanical ingredient supplier Indena has agreed a strategic cooperation agreement with UK-based biotech Hyris for developing new methods for the genomic identification of botanical species.

Most NZ fish oil supplements meet label claims, oxidation levels: GOED analysis

Testing of 47 fish oil supplements purchased at retail in New Zealand shows that 91% met EPA/DHA label claims, according to strict GOED standards, while most also met regulatory limits...

CVS to institute new testing requirements for dietary supplements

As part of a corporate makeover, CVS Pharmacy says it intends to institute new standards for the dietary supplements it sells that will include specific testing requirements.

Does FDA underestimate the time, resources spent on regulatory compliance?

The Food and Drug Administration is underestimating the amount of time and resources the supplement industry spends annually complying with government regulations, including current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs). 

Contract manufacturer believes commitment to quality, compliance sets it apart

A proactive approach toward product development has helped Columbia Nutritional to grow to be one of the largest contract manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest, a postion further bolstered with its...

Nature's Sunshine celebrates longevity, boosts science backing

Dietary supplement manufacturer Nature’s Sunshine is ramping up the science behind the products in an effort to reinvigorate the legacy brand’s financial results. The company’s longevity was highlighted at a...