Certification of an ingredient with Informed-Choice involves 3 stages:
Stage 1: Ingredient Assessment Review
A full review of the quality systems in place at manufacturing facility is undertaken.
- Raw Material (RM) Evaluation at Each Production/Packing Site
- Raw Material Supplier Assessment Procedures
- Certificate and SOP Review for all Production/Packing/Storage Areas
- Label Claim, Purity and Contaminant Testing Review
- Third Party Manufacturer (TPM)
Stage 2: Pre-Certification Sample Testing
Before an ingredient can be certification with Informed-Choice, 5 pre-registration samples of the product must be tested using LGC's prohibited substances supplement screen. These samples must not show evidence for contamination with prohibited substances.
The samples will be taken from across at least 3 production runs/batches. This testing will be carried out in parallel with the Ingredient Assessment (Stage 1). Analysis time is typically 7 - 10 working days from receipt at the lab, and results will be reported to the prospective member via a Certificate of Analysis.
Stage 3: Post-Registration Requirements
Once Stages 1 and 2 are complete, and the requirements of Informed-Choice have been met, the product will be accepted for certification with Informed-Choice. A license agreement will be issued, which enables the new member company to use the Informed-Choice logo on the certified product/ingredient. The certified product will be listed on the Informed-Choice website. A link to the member company's website is also added.
Companies are able to choose from two post registration testing processes.
Every Batch Testing - The every batch testing program requires testing every batch/lot number of a registered product prior to release into market. This program follows the same protocols as our sister program Informed-Sport.