The dietary supplement industry is massive with an estimated worth of over 125 billion dollars. Supplements are intended to help an individual achieve better health or to supplement his/her normal diet and includes vitamins, minerals, amino acids, oils, herbs, and enzymes.
Because it affects so many people’s lives, the FDA regulates dietary supplements to protect consumers from potentially harmful supplements. The FDA requires supplement products and manufacturers follow current GMPs and meet all FDA requirements for dietary supplements and ingredients following the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). These practices include regulations for both raw materials and finished brand supplements.
For raw materials, the FDA requires laboratory testing to identify the composition and purity of the raw materials. To meet the requirements for identity and purity testing, CTLA performs Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Mineral, and Protein testing.
For finished, consumer-ready supplements, laboratory testing is required to identify all of the ingredients contained in the supplement. CTLA provides High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) to identify and quantify all of the constituents contained in a market-ready supplement. We also provide Microbiology, Heavy Metals, and Stability testing which are required to ensure the supplement is safe for consumer use and contains no harmful micro-organisms or heavy metals.
Our services are designed to meet all the FDA requirements as outlined by DSHEA for dietary supplements. In addition to the above-named test, CTLA also offers Allergen, Amino Acids, Preservation, Vitamin, and Weight Variance testing.