The meteoric rise of Ashwagandha supplements has sparked captivating growth, accompanied by intensified demand and competition that poses a challenge for companies aiming to stand out.
In today's era of supplements, the importance of evidence and validation extends beyond therapeutic claims and scientific research—it encompasses the assessment of product quality. Certifications serve as a reliable means to provide consumers with assurance about the quality of a product.
With 42 certifications (and counting) KSM-66® Ashwagandha root extract stands as the indisputable leader in quality. There is no other botanical ingredient in the market that can rival this extensive array of independent, third-party verifications.
Why we at KSM-66 are fanatical about certifications?
It's simple. We strive to establish the highest standards for quality and meticulous attention to detail. This commitment is our self-imposed benchmark. Moreover, there are numerous reasons why certifications hold immense importance:
- The market is flooded with thousands of ingredients from countless companies, including third-party brokers. Many raw materials are not regulated by the FDA or other regulatory authorities, meaning there is no requirement for approval from any regulatory body across the globe.
- Each day, a vast number of ingredients are imported into the US. It's extremely difficult for finished product brands or marketing companies to audit their suppliers in these foreign countries. This process is expensive, resource-intensive, requires expertise, and is time-consuming.
- Practically, federal agencies like the FDA cannot inspect, approve, and certify every manufacturing unit producing these ingredients, along with certifying the products themselves.
When quality control is evident, it provides tangible proof of transparency.
Quality control begins at the level of ingredient supply, starting from the fields where the raw materials are cultivated and processed. It extends beyond that and encompasses ongoing communication to ensure a seamless manufacturing partnership, thereby ensuring the highest standards of quality control are maintained throughout the entire process.
Essentially, the measure of quality control lies in the certifications acquired by the supplier. And this is where independent and reputable third-party agencies play a crucial role.
Third-party certifications usually focus on auditing the production and quality control process; testing to verify label claims or check for environmental contaminants; or specialty options that focus on things like gluten, non-GMO, organic, or protection against prohibited substances, or other unwanted agents. Some certification bodies focus broadly on multiple areas while others may focus on one area only.
KSM-66® and its manufacturing units boast an extensive range of quality certifications.
Good Manufacturing Practices Certifications: GMP (USP, NSF, NPA-UL, WHO, Govt of Telangana). These certifications demonstrate that the supplier is committed to strict, rigid, and superior standards of manufacturing, processing, handling, testing, warehousing, and shipping.
Organic Certifications: USDA, EU, Canada, India. More consumers are demanding organic supplements and ingredients, therefore organic certifications are required to be competitive in the long term.
Food Safety and Quality Certifications: FSMA-FSVP (Foreign Supplier Verification Program), GRAS, GFSI (FSSC 22000, BRC, SQF, HACCP), Non-GMO Project Verification, Gluten-Free, Halal, Kosher, Certified R.A.W, Certified C.L.E.A.N., Vegecert, and Glyphosate Residue Free. The certifications obtained by KSM-66® serve as evidence that the product is safe and suitable for individuals with various sensitivities worldwide.
ISO: ISO (9001, 14001, 22000, 45001). Certifications from The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are a testament to an organization's capability to establish and adhere to precise quality management systems and identify areas for improvement and take effective action to implement those improvements.
Efficacy and Safety Certification: Strong Science. This certifies the product claims of KSM-66® have been reviewed and substantiated scientifically and medically by an independent third party of experts.
Sports Supplement Certifications: BSCG Certified Drug-Free and Informed Ingredient. These certifications assure brand manufacturers that KSM-66® have been routinely tested for a wide range of prohibited substances and are therefore safe to be used by athletes without concerns of adulteration or contamination.
Sustainability: Friend of the Earth, ID Verified, Tru ID, ForLife, Tag One. Showing ecological and social stewardship and ensuring sustainability will engender higher esteem and loyalty to your product and brand.
Transparency and Trackability: TagOne KSM-66® uses a blockchain-enabled supply chain platform called TagOne, which enables to trace and validate the entire supply chain, starting from seed to the sale to a customer.
Pet supplement: NASC-Preferred Supplier. This allows the KSM-66® to supply to NASC Primary Suppliers without additional vendor qualifications and procedures required under NASC cGMPs. The program helps ensure total quality confidence throughout the entire supply chain, from start to finish.
Each certification serves as tangible proof of KSM-66's dedication to meeting stringent quality control measures and ensuring the safety of its product for consumers worldwide. By continually surpassing industry standards, KSM-66 Ashwagandha has established itself as the pinnacle of excellence in the market.