The supplement industry is lucrative and dynamic, but it’s not as flooded as you might think. There is an excess of brands, but a scarcity of high quality products. This leaves plenty of market share behind for those who want to enter the industry. The FDA regulates these products using current good manufacturing practice (GMP or cGMP) guidelines, which assure consumers of a supplement’s purity and quality.
The Basics of cGMPs
In 2007, the FDA released new cGMP guidelines to give consumers more confidence in what they were swallowing. They regulate everything from your quality control procedures to the way you keep records. Your physical plants must also be designed to these specifications. Grey label manufacturers and small businesses are held to the same standards of excellence as large pharmaceutical brands, so naturopaths and the like are required to have enough training to prescribe safely and effectively.
How to Get GMP Certification
You needn’t become GMP certified to sell supplements, but doing so holds you to standards of excellence while inspiring trust in your buyers. To be certified, you must usually submit to an in-depth audit of your facility, records, and methods. The NSF is the most widely used auditor in the industry, and they offer more comprehensive audits to those who want to move beyond mediocrity.
Quality control is not a one-off strategy, but a continuous GMP strategy, and every person on the manufacturing floor must be trained to keep your standards as high as your profits. Violations and citations will darken your record, so it’s important to keep your manufacturing process at its best.
GMP-certified facilities support your manufacturing process and keep you informed of key issues related to your industry. At Healthy Solutions, cGMP compliance is only the starting point for our quality control. Tour our facility and ask us about our additional lab testing procedures.