Ecuadorian Rainforest Releases GMP Report

June 11, 2012

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Ecuadorian Rainforest Releases GMP Report

BELLEVILLE, N.J.Ecuadorian Rainforest LLC (ER) released a report created to help manufacturers comply more efficiently with FDA's GMP (good manufacturing practices).

The report offers manufacturers and ingredient brokers five tactics to use when working with suppliers  to facilitate ingredient testing and procurement. "Many of the manufacturers we work with are frustrated with the expenses and production delays that arise when working with suppliers who don't do their homework to help manufacturers meet GMPs," said ER vice president Steve Siegel. "Problems like improper ingredient testing and incomplete ingredient documentation have made it increasingly difficult for manufacturers to keep production running smoothly."

The report, "Five Ways Strategic Ingredient Supplier Qualification Can Save You Time, Money And Headaches," provides manufacturers guidance in working with their suppliers to avoid problems. This report describes tactics that will help manufacturers:

  • Know what key points to discuss with suppliers at the beginning of contract negotiations.

  • Know what to ask for when requesting a certificate of analysis (COA).

  • Get critical information and test results more easily by looking for specific qualities in ingredient suppliers.

  • Use suppliers' knowledge of seasonal variations and harvest conditions to purchase strategically and reduce testing, thus saving time and money.

  • Learn about the common quality control problems of four popular botanicals (bilberry, boldo, noni and Irvingia gabonensis) and find out what to look out for in purchasing them.

Since many of the challenges in securing ingredients while complying with GMPs revolves around testing of ingredients, the report draws on the insights of ER partner labs, Advanced Laboratories Inc. of Smithfield, North Carolina and Alkemists Labs in Costa Mesa, California. For more guidelines on GMP compliance, see INSIDER's article, "Basic GMP Points to Consider" or the contract manufacturing content library.

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