Supplements & Good Manufacturing Practices
Can you trust your supplements? Are you certain about the potency, the quality, and the purity? Currently there are no regulated industry standards. Basically, each supplement manufacturer has the responsibility to make certain his products meet high standards. That, however, allows for some to cut corners by producing inferior products that certainly won’t help the purchaser achieve good health. In fact, consuming inferior products may even be harmful, if not fatal, to your health. It has, therefore, been debated for decades that the industry fall under some form of government regulations. Hence, the development of FDA food GMPs.
The purpose of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) is to provide documented practices and procedures for the handling, manufacture, processing, testing, packaging, labeling, storage, and shipping of nutritional foods and dietary supplements. These guidelines ensure that products are safe, pure and potent and that label claims are accurate and truthful. Ultimately, our goal at The Balance Point is to see that all products we sell be manufactured in accordance with the highest standards in the industry. Companies that follow strict standards of procedure, but who compromise on quality by purchasing cheap, raw materials from suppliers they haven't thoroughly investigated, will inevitably produce inferior product.
GMP compliance is not mandatory. So, manufacturers that seek to comply with pharmaceutical GMP standards are taking a big step in producing superior products. Not all manufacturers will do this because it is costly. In the end, though, this raises the standards for the entire industry and lends credibility to those who endeavor to complete with drug companies. That's a winning scenario for all involved: the manufacturer, the consumer, the government, and the retailer.
The bottom line is choose a supplement whose GMP rating comes from the FDA as it regulates pharmaceuticals, not food.