NPA-USP Chinese Raw Materials Testing Program Was Featured in 2008 Presidentâ€™s Report on Import Safety
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 9, 2009) â€“ Chondroitin fromÂ Shandong Zhongyuan Greentech Co., Ltd., a China-based dietary ingredient supplier, has recently been tested for purityÂ by the Natural Products Associationâ€™s (NPA) raw ingredient testing program in China. The results of those tests are now available to members on the NPAâ€™s Web site. (www.naturalproductsassoc.org/testing)
The NPA ingredient testing program was featured, along with the associationâ€™s good manufacturing practices (GMP) certification program, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesâ€™ July 2008 Interagency Working Group Report to the President on Import Safety as positive private sector initiatives to improve product quality, safety and transparency. (http://www.importsafety.gov/report/actionupdate/actionplanupdate.pdf)
The China raw materials testing program was launched in 2007, with testing of dietary supplement materials provided by U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) through its lab in Shanghai, in response to industry efforts to maintain product quality and reliability throughout the supply chain. Instead of relying either on tests provided by China or post-shipment tests, U.S. manufacturers can test the quality of Chinese raw materials prior to shipment. The testing of ingredients from China-based companies is coordinated between the NPA headquarters in Washington and the NPA-China office in Beijing.