Nutritional Foods Association's Dietary Supplement Manufacturing
Certification Program to Enter Fifth Year
Beach CA, 21 November 2002
reprinted with permission
January of 2003, the National Nutritional Foods Association's (NNFA)
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Certification Program will enter
its fifth year of verifying to consumers that dietary supplements
are manufactured according to high standards. The third-party certification
program includes inspections of dietary supplement manufacturing
facilities to determine whether specified performance standards
on a number of measuresincluding quality control, cleanliness,
receiving and testing of raw materialsare being met.
program, which was the first large-scale effort of its kind in the
supplement industry, was launched in January of 1999 with the first
certifications issued in July of that year. To date, 40 companies,
among them some of the largest manufacturers in the industry representing
more than 15,000 products, have been awarded certification and the
opportunity to use NNFA's GMP seal on their product labels.
the absence of a federal regulation for dietary supplement manufacturing
standards, NNFA decided to take the lead," said David Seckman, NNFA's
executive director and CEO. "While we expect a proposal for federal
standards at any time, it could still take years before a regulation
will actually be implemented."
1994 the Food and Drug Administration gained the power to develop
manufacturing standards for dietary supplements as a result of the
passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, but
has yet to do so. In the meantime, dietary supplement manufacturers
are required to adhere to good manufacturing practices for foods.
goal of the NNFA GMP Certification program is ensure that all elements
of the manufacturing process are reviewed, so that products meet
their intended quality. Third-party onsite inspections of manufacturing
facilities cover such areas as: disease control and cleanliness,
establishment of a quality control unit, test methods, expiration
dating, and procedures for storage and distribution.
certified, member manufacturers are given a compliance rating. A
member supplier must receive an "A" rating in order to pass. Those
who receive either a "B" or "C" rating must correct deficiencies
and submit for a re-audit. Certified companies are audited every
three years to verify continued compliance with NNFA GMPs.
complete list of NNFA GMP Certified companies can be found at www.nnfa.org/services/science/GMP_Cos.htm.
in Newport Beach CA, the National Nutritional Foods Association
(NNFA) is the
nation's largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to
the natural products industry. NNFA represents nearly 5,000 retailers,
manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products,
including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids.
Nutritional Foods Association.