The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), an international association of forward-looking companies dedicated to providing consumers with natural health products of superior quality, benefit and reliability, is pleased to announce the membership of Flora Research Laboratories, a leader in natural products research and testing.
Headquartered in Grants Pass, Ore., Flora Research Labs is a Food and Drug Administration/National Institutes of Health-recognized expert at the cutting-edge of current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) compliance. The company provides testing for analytical quality and performance, led by an FDA-trained director, who is a leading expert in botanical and dietary ingredient identity testing and an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University. Flora Research works with the world’s largest analytical instrument companies to develop instrumentation and solutions for compliance with cGMPs. It offers extensive contract testing services for contract clients and uses next-generation technologies for elemental, solvent residue and pesticide testing.
Flora Research Laboratories also features new state-of-the-art high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) and microscopy equipment to expand its identity and phytoforensic testing services to solve problems ranging from product failure to routine quality control analysis.
“In addition to the routine identity testing and heavy metals, pesticides and marker/ingredient assay services offered by Flora Research Laboratories, we are also heavily focused on researching methods targeting economic and clandestine adulteration,” said James Neal-Kababick, Flora Research Labs director. “Many stakeholders are at significant risk due to sophisticated adulteration schemes, and it is my hope that through UNPA, we can more effectively communicate adulteration issues and analytical solutions, so that industry partners can be more proactive in stopping adulterated products from entering their product lines.”
“Jim and his team are widely recognized for their skill in identifying and developing analytical methods for determining the presence of adulterated materials in dietary supplement and botanical ingredients,” said Loren Israelsen, UNPA president. “Flora’s expertise in this and other analytical areas is a most welcome addition to the UNPA membership and is completely in alignment with our mission to help our member companies develop best practices and ensure quality products.”