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SupplySide West podcast: Effectively partnering with a contract laboratory

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.

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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