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Choosing whether to test products in house or through a third-party contract lab can be a daunting task. Now Foods vice president of quality and regulatory affairs Aaron Secrist has tips on how to approach such a decision.

Sandy Almendarez

October 1, 2018

GMPs (good manufacturing practices) require an own label distributor/brand holder to test their products with scientifically valid methods, but it’s up to brands to decide if it’s best to test in house or by using a third-party lab. A lot of factors that go into that decision, including time, resources, expertise and equipment.

Aaron Secrist, vice president of quality and regulatory affairs, NOW Foods discusses the resources that a brand needs to set up an inhouse lab and when it makes sense for a brand to use a contract lab rather than keep the testing in house. Secrist and Sandy Almendarez, editor in-chief, INSIDER, cover:

  • The pros and cons of both in-house and outside third-party contract lab testing

  • What GMPs specially outline for supplement testing

  • What to look for when entering a partnership with a third-party contract lab

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About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

editor in chief, Informa

Sandy Almendarez entered the natural products industry in 2009 when she joined Virgo Publishing (now Informa Exhibitions) as an assistant editor. Since then, she's worked her way up to editor in chief where she writes, edits and manages content for INSIDER. Under Sandy’s direction, INSIDER has won editorial awards from Folio: every year since 2014, including B2B Editorial Team of the Year in 2015.

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