Included in the HerbalGram article is a table of seven basic tips for selecting a contract laboratory. Of particular concern is the possibility of contracting with an illegitimate "dry lab," which provides fabricated yet plausible testing results without actually analyzing the supplied material. The term became part of public parlance after a Dateline NBC exposé of the practice aired in 2012.(2)
The federal government does not have specific regulations for contract laboratories used by the dietary supplement industry. Manufacturers might find labs with third-party accreditations and documented standard operating procedures to be suitable for their needs. Importantly, manufacturers also must ensure that contract labs meet all relevant requirements of dietary supplement cGMPs in order to pass FDA inspection. Although the legal context is somewhat vague, labs should be able to provide evidence that their testing methodologies are "appropriate and scientifically valid" and "appropriate for their intended use."
Finally, the authors discuss some of the main areas of consideration when evaluating testing reports and also provide a number of warning signs of potential dry labs. As a contract lab is considered essentially an extension of the manufacturer, companies must be commit
|SOURCE American Botanical Council|
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