AOAC® International, a worldwide provider and facilitator in the development of analytical standards, is pleased to announce that Pharmavite® LLC and Chemi Nutra have become AOAC Organizational Affiliates. As such, they become part of a wide network of dietary supplement companies that are taking part in the development and validation of standard analytical methods, the AOAC® Official MethodsSM, for the analysis of dietary supplement ingredients of interest.
Pharmavite® LLC is the parent company of both Nature Made® and Nature's Resource® products. Headquartered in Northridge, CA, Pharmavite LLC has been in business for more than 30 years and makes and distributes high quality vitamins, minerals, and herbs and other nutritional supplements that promote wellness and help maintain good health.
Asked why Pharmavite joined AOAC, Dr. David S. Smith, Pharmavite’s Executive Vice President & Chief Science Officer, said that, "AOAC International is an outstanding organization, promoting quality and integrity within the nutraceutical industry. As a leading manufacturer of high-quality vitamins and nutritional supplements, Pharmavite is proud to be associated with AOAC in its quest for standardized test methods. These methods represent a powerful tool in making a safer and more effective industry helping to build consumer trust and confidence."
Steve Lunetta, Pharmavite’s QC Laboratory Manager, said, "As a scientist, AOAC provides me the forum for sharing ideas and methods with colleagues. This advances the science of our industry as well as improving scientific technical skills. Our staff is very excited about this new association with AOAC!"
Chemi Nutra, the U.S. based business unit of parent company Chemi S.p.A., a privately held nutraceutical and pharmaceutical company based in Milan, Italy, was founded in 2001. Chemi is best known in the nutritional arena for its U.S. introduction of phosphatidylserine (PS), the popular dietary supplement used to maintain and improve mental performance. Its SerinAid® PS has become the dominant PS brand in the nutritional supplement and functional foods arenas. Its products are manufactured under the strictest quality guidelines, and its production facilities are cGMP certified and U.S. FDA inspected.
Scott Hagerman, Chemi Nutra’s President stated, “My colleagues at our production facilities in Italy and Brazil, and I are very excited about working with AOAC International, as we recognize the long history of excellence and service that AOAC represents, specifically toward analytical testing validation. In our business environment, strict adherence to cGMPs and validated test methods are critical components of our ongoing production and quality assurance operations. Hence, participating with AOAC further demonstrates our dedication and commitment to the nutraceutical industry that we are so proud to serve.”
Pharmavite is chairing a Working Group (WG) that is helping with the development of a standard analytical method for SAMe. Pharmavite is also an active participant of the WG on CoQ10, and helped in the method development for CoQ10. Chemi Nutra’s Scott Hagerman is chairing the WG on PS, which is developing a validated analytical method for PS.
By working together to develop standard analytical methods that test for the products being sold, companies raise the quality, safety, and efficacy of the products that they produce and everyone benefits. For more information about AOAC International and the Organizational Affiliate Program contact:
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