Care/of has a robust quality testing program for each product we sell to ensure that we meet label claims (Supplement Facts Panel) and strict quality control specifications for identity, purity, strength, contaminants, and composition. We follow standards set forth by organizations like United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) when establishing our internal specifications, including those for heavy metals. Every batch of product is tested at third-party laboratories in the United States. These qualified laboratories are certified to the ISO 17025 standard for Testing and Calibration and use validated scientific methods in compliance with FDA regulations.
Third-Party Testing: All Care/of products go through third-party testing by world-leading laboratories in the United States. Each product is tested three times throughout the supply chain: once, when we receive ingredients, again during manufacturing, with further third-party testing on finished products. This approach ensures our products are meeting exact specifications, and that they are safe for you to consume.
Care/of does not test its products on animals. Care/of prioritizes sourcing products that are sustainable and ethically sourced. When sourcing animal-derived products used in our formulary, we evaluate how animal welfare guides our supply chain and raw material selection.
Additional Testing: Dietary supplements are regulated through various controls and regulations that include but are not limited to, current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), ingredient acceptability, mandatory facility registration, claims that may be made, labeling elements and format, and mandatory adverse event reporting. Care/Of’s dedication to quality and safety begins in the research laboratory and continues through manufacturing and supply of our products to consumers. All Care/Of dietary supplements achieve high-quality standards as demonstrated by meeting or exceeding the requirements established by the Food and Drug Administration for dietary supplement cGMPs. Care/Of employs a system of quality standards that ensure all label claim ingredients are present at the stated quantity through the expiration date and a stringent supplier management program to assure the identity, strength, and purity of our raw materials. Care/Of is committed to product quality and safety and our processes reflect our commitment.
We have created a robust testing program that follows the standards set forth by the United States Pharmacopoeia and American Herbal Products Association. Pesticide and residual solvent testing is done for applicable herb products, as well as potential adulterants. Lastly, we also perform heavy metals and microbial testing on all dietary supplements and food products. Delivering you safe and effective products is our top priority.
C.L.E.A.N. Certification: Nearly all of our products, including those sold at Sam's Club and Amazon, are Certified C.L.E.A.N.! We're proud to meet this certification with our pills and powders and are in the process of ensuring all of our products are Certified C.L.E.A.N. We are nearly there! Every product that has passed/received Certified CLEAN has a badge on its product page to indicate so. C.L.E.A.N. certification is a holistic certification for packaged food products and supplements, which integrates multiple aspects of the production process from ingredient selection to manufacturing to delivery — the entire supply chain.
C.L.E.A.N. stands for:
○ C: Products must be "Conscious" which means they must be 100% safe in accordance with the C.L.E.A.N. safety criteria.
○ L: Products must be "Live" which means a majority of the ingredients must be organic.
○ E: Products must be "Ethical" in the sense that the ingredients must be 100% non-GMO.
○ A: Products must be "Active" which means the combination of ingredients must be bioavailable or easy for the body to absorb and use.
○ N: They must be "Nourishing" as determined by ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) nutrient score of the combination of ingredients.
You can find out more about this certification on the C.L.E.A.N. website. The C.L.E.A.N. standard and criteria are public information and can be found on the website linked above under “The Standards” tab.