You may have noticed a number of acronyms on your nutraceutical supplement packaging. One of these in particular says, “cGMP,” which stands for “Current Good Manufacturing Practices.” What this means is that the facility where the supplement was manufactured meets quality standards for safe and effective supplements set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Consumers should never purchase or use any supplements, powders, sports supplements, CBD, or other supplements that do not include the cGMP label on their packaging. In fact, the FDA recently handed down a number of regulatory actions against facilities who did not uphold their stringent pharmaceutical quality standards.
The FDA and cGMP
The FDA defines cGMP as “systems that assure proper design, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes and facilities.” These regulations assure the “identity, strength, quality, and purity of drug products by requiring that manufacturers of medications adequately control manufacturing operations.”
Why is cGMP important?
It is important that supplements are manufactured under conditions and practices required by cGMP regulations to assure that quality is being delivered to the consumer. A consumer usually cannot detect that a product is safe, so it becomes necessary for regulatory organizations to keep them safe and make sure the products they are using will not do them harm.
A cGMP facility is in good condition, maintains equipment properly, and uses fully-trained, certified employees. They also use manufacturing processes that are reliable and reproducible.
How do you know if a company is complying with cGMP regulations?
One way to tell if a nutraceutical manufacturer is complying with cGMP regulations is by looking at their packaging. If the FDA has inspected the facility, then the facility is granted the cGMP certification that they are allowed to use on the packaging of the supplements they make.
Inspections around the world are conducted by highly-trained FDA-certified staff.
Another way to tell if a facility is cGMP certified is by asking to see their certification. Any facility that has been inspected will be willing to show you their certification. Many manufacturers also feature their certification on their website, either in the form of a logo or the certification itself.
At Peak Nutritional Products, we are proud to be a cGMP certified manufacturer. All of our processes are up-to-date with the most recent regulations, standards, and practices.
Contact us today to learn more about our practices and to schedule a free consultation with our team!