Archive for the 'Regulations' Category

Lab Questionnaire Guides Contract Lab Audit

5/14/14

In a previous article titled, “Picking the Right Contract Labs for Testing Success,” I brought to light some of the many aspects and considerations involved in choosing the best fit for cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) testing needs.

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Picking The Right Contract Labs for Testing Success

3/25/14

Rare is the company that solely sows the seed, grows the botanical, processes or combines it with other ingredients and finally puts the finished product on the store shelf. A handful of them still exist today, making up many of the leaders in this industry.

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Success for Supplements Lies in the Delivery

3/11/14

About 60,000 years ago, the dietary supplement industry was essentially a bunch of Paleolithic Hunter-Gatherers. After a few days away from the cave, they gathered around the fire and traded whatever edible, medicinal, and poisonous plants they might have picked up in their travels.

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DSHEA: 20 Years Later…from a Lab Perspective

1/9/14

If Alkemist Labs had a grandfather his name would be DSHEA. He would be 20 years old and have had already fathered a son named cGMPs, who would have fathered a handful of testing labs. Without either there would simply be no lab perspective.

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It’s Now Herbal Products’ Turn to (Unfairly) Wear the Scarlet Letter

11/8/13

A recent research article, “DNA barcoding detects contamination and substitution in North American herbal products,” has generated a considerable amount of attention toward its findings. Having read, reread and read again the entire article, I humbly accept any offerings of gratitude for saving you time, as these two sentences summarize the entire article:

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As Social Media Grows, So Should Your Sense of Caution

8/2/13

When my father and I started the lab in the late ‘90s, we delivered our Certificates of Analysis (C of As) via the U.S. Post Office and email. I licked stamps and placed them on large envelopes. Then I put a Post-It-note on the fax machine informing others of my intention to occupy the line by dialing into what was called “The World Wide Web.”

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Quality Assurance as Marketing Strategy

6/20/13

In today’s marketplace, differentiating your brand from others can be a delicate dance amongst trending value propositions (i.e., Why should potential customers use your services over others?). While marketing relevance can be like aiming for a moving target, one marketing trend whose relevance is growing exponentially is quality assurance.

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