WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — July 17, 2007 — ConsumerLab.com has announced two initiatives today intended to "raise the bar on quality." The first is the publication of a free online index to ConsumerLab.com's testing methods and standards covering the top categories of supplements. The second is a new testing program designed to help companies more economically meet new GMP testing requirements while applying CL's methods and standards.
Access to ConsumerLab.com's Methods and Standards
Since ConsumerLab.com's founding in 1999, Dr. William Obermeyer, ConsumerLab.com's Vice President for Research and a former FDA natural products chemist, has established testing methods and standards for each of more than 50 popular categories of dietary supplements that ConsumerLab.com evaluates. Meeting these standards earns a product a place on ConsumerLab.com's Approved Quality product listings. ConsumerLab.com today published an index to its methods and standards free to the industry, academia, and the public at www.consumerlab.com/methods_index.asp. ConsumerLab.com hopes that the index will guide manufacturers interested in producing high quality supplements. This information also continues to be available within each Product Review.
Affordable GMP Testing for Top Quality Manufacturers: The CL-cGMP Verified Ingredient Testing Program
Under the GMPs each manufacturer must demonstrate that 100% of its ingredients are tested. However, rather than multiple manufacturers each testing the same ingredient lot from a supplier, it is more economical and efficient for an expert, third party organization to work with the ingredient supplier and oversee the proper testing of each lot once, eliminating the burden on the individual manufacturer. With this in mind, CL has created the new "CL-cGMP Verified Ingredient Testing Program," designed to ensure the highest quality ingredients at an affordable price.
ConsumerLab.com is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. The company is privately held and based in Westchester, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products.