Alkemist Labs Clarifies C of A Policy


Costa Mesa, CA (April 20, 2016) – On Friday April 15 it was brought to Alkemist Labs’ attention by several industry contacts that they had received an email offering raw herbs for sale that contained lab reports purporting to show identity of several varieties of Ginseng and of Schisandra. These reports were nearly identical to the format and language Alkemist Labs developed for testing reports, but Alkemist Labs neither conducted those tests nor issued those Certificates of Analysis.

Because Alkemist Labs report format is so distinctive and comprehensive that other labs have apparently begun to mimic the format, the company has issued a policy to clear up any confusion:

All Certificates of Analysis issued by Alkemist Labs will contain the following: “Copyright © Alkemists Pharmaceuticals 2016. All rights reserved.”

Clients may request to use lab reports issued by Alkemist Labs in their marketing materials, but must obtain written permission from the company. Changes or redactions are NOT permitted, nor may the Alkemist Lab name be removed or blurred.

“We have seen two lab reports that copied the formatting, layout and wording of our template that I created nearly 20 years ago,” said Sidney Sudberg LAc, DC, President & CSO of Alkemist Labs. “This report format is unique to Alkemist Labs, with my words very carefully and specifically chosen and placed.”

“It is disturbing to see our distinctive report template used anonymously by other companies as it may mislead people to think we did the testing when we did not,” said Alkemist Labs CEO Elan Sudberg. “The Alkemist Labs C of A is valuable because of the reputation we have built for accurate testing and deep knowledge of the products we test. We intend to protect that integrity.”

Examples of authentic Alkemist Labs test reports can be seen here:






About Alkemist Labs

Alkemist Labs is an ISO 17025 accredited contract testing laboratory specializing in plant authentication, botanical ingredient identification and quantitative analytical services to the Food & Beverage, Nutraceutical and Cosmeceutical industries. Located in Costa Mesa, California, Alkemist Labs offers clients a wide range of specialty research services to evaluate the identity, purity and quality of botanical raw materials, dietary ingredients and finished products. Alkemist Labs produces a complete line of Composite Reference Botanicals (CRBs), critical tools for botanical identity verification, and also distributes phytochemical reference standards from Extrasynthese of Lyon, France. Alkemist Labs has become the ideal “Partner for Quality” to companies interested in producing high quality natural products requiring independent, third-party analysis, Stability/Shelf-life studies, Certification of Analysis and cGMP compliance.

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