4 Main Types of Quality Certifications for Dietary Supplements
Updated: Jan 25
Nutritional supplements serve many purposes. They fill in nutrition gaps, help support the immune system, help reduce inflammation, and more. Dietary supplements are anything taken by mouth to supplement the diet. Supplement forms include capsules, tablets, pills, gummies, chewables, and liquids.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detailed and enforced labeling requirements for nutrition and health claims. However, the FDA does not approve a supplement before it hits the market. The FDA places responsibility on supplement manufacturers and distributors to evaluate the safety and proper labeling of their products.
Does that sound like a fox guarding the henhouse? How can you know which supplements and supplement brands are safe? If you want to develop a supplement brand, how can you know if a manufacturer is producing high-quality supplement products?
You can best know if a supplement is safe and manufactured with detailed quality control measures by looking for supplement manufacturers with quality certifications.
Quality certifications require detailed documentation for ingredient and final product identity and purity testing and precise equipment cleaning and contamination testing. Four main types of quality certifications include Third-Party GMP, Organic, Kosher, and Halal.
Third-Party GMP Certification
In 2007, the FDA set regulations for dietary supplements’ current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). GMP regulations pertain to manufacturing facilities, packaging, labeling, and storing. These regulations require quality control measures and documentation for dietary supplements’ raw materials and final product identification, quality, purity, strength, and composition.
By law, a supplement contract manufacturing company must be registered with the FDA and comply with GMP regulations. But there is no government program for GMP certification. Various private auditing companies like NSF International provide third-party GMP certification.
Obtaining third-party GMP certification shows a supplement manufacturer’s commitment to providing high-quality, safe, and effective supplements. Third-party GMP certification involves facility audits, employee training, documentation, manufacturing processes and procedures, and non-affiliated raw ingredients and final product laboratory testing.
Consumers are increasingly demanding sustainably sourced and natural products. One way to ensure a product is high-quality, environmentally friendly, and sustainable is by using a manufacturer that has Organic Certification. Organic Certification demands precise and documented organic ingredient sourcing and equipment cleaning.
For a supplement manufacturer, Organic Certification requires a detailed plan to prevent contamination from non-organic and prohibited substances, approval of a contamination prevention plan by a USDA certifying agent, and annual facility audits.
Kosher Certification is another indication of a manufacturer’s credibility and integrity. Kosher laws are part of the Jewish faith and involve conforming to religious dietary requirements. For practicing Jews, keeping kosher is of the utmost importance.
To obtain Kosher Certification, qualified inspectors review product material sources and manufacturing. Once a facility has Kosher Certification, frequent unannounced inspections occur to ensure complete and honest compliance with kosher regulations.
Halal Certification symbolizes wholesomeness, authenticity, and integrity. It is another indication of a high-quality supplement manufacturer. Halal Certification ensures Islamic consumption laws are observed for product ingredients, manufacturing, and packaging.
Halal Certification requires a detailed application with documented ingredient sourcing and facility procedure plans followed by an in-house, four-hour audit and employee training. Halal Certification is renewed annually.
The Current Dietary Supplement Market
Grand View Research reports changing lifestyles with hectic schedules are driving the supplement market. Individuals are seeking to fill nutrition gaps and boost health. In 2021, the dietary supplements market was valued at $151.9 billion with an expected 8.9% CAGR over the next seven years.
The 2022 Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Survey reports supplement usage is back to pre-pandemic levels with 70% of supplement users using multivitamins. The use of immune-boosting supplements (zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin D) has stayed steady over the past year. Specialty supplement use saw the largest increase of reported use in the past year with fiber, melatonin, omega 3, and probiotics being most reported.
Now is a great time to get into the dietary supplements market. Are you looking for a high-quality certified supplement manufacturer?
Look no further. Origin Nutraceutical is a qualified and certified supplement manufacturer that prides itself on excellent customer service.
The Advantages of Origin Nutraceutical
Here at Origin, we manufacture supplements with the highest integrity. What matters most to you is what matters to us. With that in mind, we maintain four quality certificates. These certificates assure consumers and clients our products comply with FDA GMP regulations, USDA organic requirements, and Kosher and Halal laws.
Origin Nutraceutical operates under the following quality certificates:
GMP Certification from NSF International & Dept of Agriculture & Food
Organic Certification from Organic Certifiers
Kosher Certification from Scroll K/Vass Hakashrus
Halal Certification from Islamic Services of America
In addition, Origin Nutra can walk you through every phase of supplement product development, labeling requirements, and packaging in our state-of-the-art facility. We care so much about our customer’s success; we partner with other companies to help new and established clients with label design, label printing, online presence and marketing, product testing, and shipping.
Contact Origin Nutraceutical to get started developing your supplement brand today!
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By: Jae Haroldsen
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