“Manufacturing practices vary widely across the dietary supplement industry. Although all of our private label—aka store brand—suppliers must have a third-party audit and certification, SSCI will ensure they meet our stringent expectations and recognized benchmarking guidance documents through the supply chain,” said Dadrion Gaston RPh, senior director, Corporate Ethics & Compliance, Walmart. “SSCI brings together the best experts from the leading supplement companies to examine everything from auditor training, qualification, and the way audits are conducted. We look forward to having additional retailers and others in the industry join our mission to enhance the safety of dietary supplements and promote quality and safety for consumers everywhere.”
Dietary supplement manufacturers must comply with good manufacturing practices established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and often rely on third-party auditors to help them verify and comply with those standards. SSCI plays a role in establishing a minimum set of requirements for all certifying bodies and certification program owners with the ultimate goal of harmonization with global requirements for supplements.
“SSCI is the only comprehensive program to provide end-to-end transparency in the natural products supply chain,” said Daniel Fabricant, PhD, president and CEO of NPA. “We created a system understanding that the FDA can’t solve all our problems. We set out to demonstrate to consumers and regulators that they can have confidence in the industry, and SSCI is the way we are going to achieve that.”
“Our new benchmarking guidance documents will unify and promote supply chain quality and provide a unique stakeholder platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and networking. We are proud of our commitment to increase transparency and safety in the dietary supplement and natural product industry,” said Guru Ramanathan, PhD, chief innovation officer & senior vice president for GNC.
“We received tremendous feedback on our new benchmarking guidance, and we are excited to join the leading supplement retailers in the world on this project,” said Mark LeDoux, SSCI Board Member. “Our benchmarking guidance documents for finished products were developed from a broad range of input from manufacturers, retailers, and a national accreditation board, and we are happy to say the results have been excellent.”
“SSCI is the most ambitious program ever launched in the supplement industry to encourage collaboration between retailers, manufacturers, certifying bodies, and academia,” said Nora Dowell, VP, Corporate Quality Management and Regulatory Affairs, CQA, CQM/OE, SSGB, PCQI, International Vitamin Corporation. “This is a necessary step toward global harmonization of requirements for dietary supplements.”
Key Objectives for SSCI include:
- Create effective global systems to ensure traceability, transparency & quality in the supply chain
- Reduce risks by ensuring equivalence between safety management systems
- Drive global change through benchmarking of domestic & international standards
- Eliminate redundancy in certification, improve operational efficiency & costs
- Provide a unique stakeholder platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing & networking