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Supplement testing labs collaborate to improve quality, safety—podcast

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) offer resources to improve operations at supplement testing labs.

Sandy Almendarez

August 23, 2019

Supplement testing labs can work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) Analytical Methods and Reference Materials Program (AMRM) to develop and implement quality assurance programs (QAPs) and reference materials. The level of collaboration among supplement testing labs that compete for business, as observed by Catherine Rimmer, natural products program coordinator, NIST, shows the level of commitment this industry has to quality.

Supplement testing labs can work with NIST and AMRM to obtain and develop reference standards and QAPs. In this podcast Rimmer and Adam Kuszak, Ph.D., director of AMRM, discuss the landscape of supplement contract labs from their viewpoint as standards experts and outline the opportunities brands have to improve their lab practices. With Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, Rimmer and Kuszak discuss:

  • How NIST and AMRM works with supplement brands and testing labs to develop reference materials.

  • The health assessment QAPs offered by NIST, and how they benefits individual labs and the industry at large

  • The biggest concerns Rimmer and Kuszak see when working with supplement brands and contract labs

Learn more about the implementation and adhering to testing methods from Rimmer during the “Trust in Testing: Contract Labs for Safe, Compliant Supplements” session on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at SupplySide West in Las Vegas. This session is underwritten by American Testing Lab, Eurofins and Micro Quality Labs.


About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa


• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!


Speaker credentials

Resides in

  • Phoenix, AZ


  • Arizona State University


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