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SupplySide West podcast: Selecting the right contract labSupplySide West podcast: Selecting the right contract lab

Choosing the right contract lab takes time and dedication, but reward of safe, legal products is worth it

Sandy Almendarez

October 29, 2018

Supplement brands are required to evaluate their products for safety under federally mandated GMPs (good manufacturing practices), but many brands don’t have the expertise or equipment in house to conduct appropriate tests. Brands can turn to third-party contract laboratories to conduct these assays, but selecting the right partner is crucial for safety, legal and—often—financial success.

In this podcast, Blake Ebersole, president of NaturPro Scientific, discusses the selection process and how a supplement brand can chose the best contract lab. With Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, Ebersole covers:

  • Why contract labs need to be verified and evaluated like every other supplier the supplement brand uses

  • How long it usually takes a brand to research, interview and choose a contract lab

  • When it’s OK to conduct a paper audit and when it makes sense to conduct an onsite audit of a 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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