Natural Health Products (NHPs), dietary supplements and nutraceuticals are defined by regulations as vitamins, minerals, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines, traditional medicines such as Chinese medicine, probiotics and other products such as amino acids and essential fatty acids.
Approval for launching a new product requires a toxicology (pre-market) review along with site licensing. This review assesses the product’s safety, efficacy and quality, utilizing testing, GRAS and NDI research, registry and notifications. Site licensing requires manufacturing, importing, labelling, packaging and distribution processes to be compliant with Good Manufacturing Practices.
Following approval, manufacturers have a responsibility to continuously ensure product safety and quality through laboratory analysis of raw materials through to finished products.
Bureau Veritas provides the following testing services for NHPs:
- Microbiological analysis – USP
- Aerobic Colony Count
- Escherichia coli
- Yeast and Mold
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Salmonella spp.
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Chemical analysis
- Fatty Acid Profile
- Amino Acids
- Sugar Profile
- Free Fatty Acid
- Peroxide Value
- Contaminant analysis
- Heavy Metals – full profile and customized packages available, such as Arsenic (As), Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg) and Cadmium (Cd)
- Residual Solvents
- Mycotoxins, such as Aflatoxins
- Non-GMO analysis
- Allergen testing such as gluten, soy and milk