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Tuesday, 23 August 2016 12:35

GMP Dietary Supplements - Safety of Your Supplements

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Many people are under the assumption that dietary supplements are unregulated and therefore are useless and may even be unsafe for public consumption.
But this can be very misleading because not all supplements fit into this category. The reality is, there is in fact regulation of dietary supplements that corrects this bad assumption and points out the numerous laws governing the sale and manufacture of supplements. The problem is not all supplement companies undergo testing of their supplements to obtain this high standard of certification.
It is the Natural Products Association (NPA) that has always taken a leadership role in promoting quality standards and has developed proactive certification programs for quality assurance with supplements. NPA was the first organization to offer a third-party GMP certification program for the manufacturing of dietary supplements and dietary ingredients. NPA established GMP standards for dietary supplements in 1999 and updated the standard in 2000. Currently these GMP standards represent the industry's best practices and serve as the basis of the NPA GMP Certification Program.
In June 2007, the FDA published the final GMP regulation specific to dietary supplements (21 CFR 111). In order to keep the NPA GMP Certification Program relevant and reflect the highest level of industry good manufacturing practices, the NPA GMP Standard has been revised to include all of the FDA GMP requirements of 21 CFR Part 111 and retains certain requirements from the 2000 version of the NPA GMP Standard that exceed requirements of the FDA GMPs, or reflect best industry practices, and/or are necessary for the evaluation of compliance to the NPA GMP standard. NPA GMP Certification is awarded to companies that meet a high level of compliance to the NPA GMP Standard as verified through comprehensive third-party inspections of facilities and GMP-related documentation.
CMWM carries only GMP products for the safety and well being of our our patients. When purchasing other supplements ask if they are GMP certified and if they have any other special certifications. Many supplement companies do.
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