What’s the current situation of China botanical ingredients suppliers? 8 key points you should pay attention to
When dealing with Chinese botanical ingredients suppliers, you have to face and keep in mind the following 8 key points:
What’s the distribution of botanical ingredients suppliers in China?
There are nearly 2000 companies that dealing with botanical ingredients, but only 20% of them are real manufacturers. For these manufacturers, only 30% have GMP implementation. Other 70% don’t have GMP implementation. The rest 80% are trading companies.Among these trading companies, only 10% have quality control measures and systems. Other 90% runs without any quality control and assurance systems.
8 types of activities of adulteration of botanicals
CFDA announced in 2014 that GMP certificates will not be issued for Herb extracts manufacturers, so there is almost no official regulation for this industry. During the almost 10 year’s contacting with Chinese suppliers, we herbinspection.com found the below activities, but not limited to, of adulteration of botanicals:
- Non-Reliability & Authenticity an issue (e.g.unable to learn if they are true manufacturer from their site claim)
- Mixing of different genus
- Incorrect species
- Substitution (e.g. adding Rutin to Ginkgo biloba extracts)
- Addition of synthetic components (e.g. adding silica to Bamboo extracts)
- Quality non-compliance of the COA (e.g. lower content of the maker ingredient.)
- No GMP exist to ensure the products manufactured in a clean environment, free of dust, bacteria and other contaminants.
How to check your current suppliers by 3 aspects
In order to make sure the real quality, we concluded the bellowing aspects that should pay most of the attentions. For any real manufacturers, we should check and approve they are able to match at least but not limited to the below aspects.
1. Starting raw materials & Plants and herbs
SOPs on the quality control, storage, sampling, labeling and material managements
Approved suppliers list, no change the suppliers optional
In compliance with GMP processing like: Bio-mass cleaning, Sorting, Drying, Tempering, Milling, Grinding, and Extrusion.
2. Manufacturing process
Good Manufacturing Practices of the operations with respect to Processing and equipments; Documentation and records; Production and in-process controls; Packaging and identification labeling of the products; Change controls
3. Quality controls and assurance
The company shall establish, document and implement within its organization a Quality Management System that is designed to continually monitoring, control and improve its product quality during the process like: raw materials purchasing, production, release and recall.
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Written by Amy Yang
Amy specializes in botanical industry.
With 8+ year’s experience of global sourcing and supply chain management, she got knowledge of herbal extracts, inspection skills, GMP and suppliers management.
Amy is constantly sharing her knowledge by posts.
She always expects to receive feedback from you.