RFI undergoes GMP audit in consumer confidence mission

By Neil Merrett

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A US-supplier of functional ingredients and supplements has successfully completed an audit of its manufacturing facilities as part of NSF International’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Registration program.

RFI Ingredients say that in complying with current GMPs relating to efficient dietary supplement production, it has extended a drive to meet a number of international quality standards in its operations in a bid to ensure consumer confidence.

Jeff Wuagneux, group president and chief executive officer, said that obtaining GMP certification reflected an ongoing push to ensure its new manufacturing plant was up to meeting a growing number of international quality standards.

“In the six months since our facility has been operational, we have received Kosher/Halaal Certification, NOP Organic Certification and now NSF GMP certification,”​ he stated. To ensure the standards are maintained, RFI Ingredients says it will continue to undergo periodic assessments by the NSF at its production plant.

Supply chain focus

In the supplement market, Wuagneux claims that GMPs are important targets for supplement groups looking to convey safety and quality in their products to boost the profile of specific brands to global consumers.

According to the company, GMPs, which are maintained by global organization NSF International, are regulatory requirements designed to outline quality control during manufacturing processes across various industry supply chains.

The guidelines are designed to represent issues ranging from raw material processing to finished product releases, incorporating methods for validation of testing equipment, staff training and traceability.

The voluntary certification, which is awarded through independent verification by a third-party group, has specific requirements for dietary supplement producers.

Supplement standards

Current NSF guidelines regarding manufacture within the sector are outlined in the organization’s American National Standard 173-Dietary Supplements.

These are said to be the only type of certification currently recognised national standard relating to the market within the US, the group claims.

According to RFI ingredients, these GMPs are consistent with the requirements set out by the Food and Drug Administration’s in 21 CFR § 111.

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