Analytical Research Collective (ARC) Formed To Address Issues In Dietary Supplement Testing

Information session on chondroitin points out acute need

Anaheim, California, April 4th, 2007 – The dietary supplement industry has been plagued by negative media reports about ineffective, sub-potent, or adulterated products being sold to consumers. These reports however are often triggered by questionable or invalid laboratory test results leading to unfair “failing: of high quality products or inappropriate “passing” of adulterated products; problems that stem from a lack of communication between analytical laboratories, researchers and manufacturers/suppliers.

On March 10th, 2007 Analytical Labs in Anaheim hosted an informal information session with Co-Study Directors, David Ji (Anaheim Analytical Labs) and Mark Roman (Tampa Bay Analytical Research) present to discuss their collaborative efforts in completing the AOAC Single Laboratory Validation (SLV) for an analytical test method that quantifies chondroitin sulphate in dietary supplements. A dozen companies took time out from the busy Expo West schedule to attend the meeting, deemed a success by all participants. The analytical community was able to engage industry directly and to address misconceptions regarding testing of chondroitin sulphate.

Paula Brown from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and AOAC General Referee for the Dietary Supplements Methods Committee was on hand to answer questions concerning method validation and the AOAC process. Brown is currently spearheading an effort between Canada and the US on the validation of a proposed ORAC method based on the recommendations of First International Congress on Antioxidant Methods. James Neal-Kababick, Director of Flora Research Laboratories, briefed the group on the novel analytical methodology for measuring benzene in consumer products he is validating under contract with the Office of Dietary Supplements, NIH.

“It was great to have Industry CEOs in the same room as the scientists responsible for the method optimization and validation so they could finally get concrete answers regarding method performance and scope,” said Jana Hildreth of Blaze Science Industries. “I strongly believe that if we had more of these types of meetings we would avoid a lot of the negative press such as the recent MSNBC article surrounding the report of joint supplements”.
Building on the success of this landmark meeting, the assembled group of experts are organizing their on-going efforts to address fundamental issues of test method validation, reference material verification and training programs. It is hoped this initiative, being referred to as the Analytical Research Collective (ARC), will catapult the dietary supplement industry to a new level of confidence in product quality.

“There is an urgent need for laboratories to ensure methods are appropriately validated if the dietary supplement Industry is to maintain credibility”, says Paula Brown, BCIT. “We now recognize that the direct exchange of expertise, information and resources is the key to meeting industry needs.”

The ARC product quality initiative will focus initially on analytical methods development & validation with activities being coordinated by Jana Hildreth of Blaze Science Industries, LLC.

For further information please contact:
Jana Hildreth, CEO & Technical Director
Blaze Science Industries, LLC
Phone: (310) 920-4517
Email: [email protected]

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