Interest in nutritional supplements is growing, as is their market: in fact, 2021 saw an increase in its value to 150 billion euro, registering an annual growth rate of 4.7% over the last three years. Just as with foodstuffs, in the nutritional supplement sector, product safety and quality have never been more important.

With increasing consumer awareness and strict regulations imposed by health authorities, manufacturers must ensure that their products are not only effective, but also safe and high-quality. In such a context, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are a fundamental pillar for the supplement sector. In this article, we will see what GMP is and why it is important to ensure the quality and safety of the nutritional supplement.

What are Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)?

The United States represents one of the leading markets in the field of nutritional supplements. Guidelines for Good Manufacturing Practices are provided by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and are the benchmark for supplement manufacturers. GMP regulations, in fact, ensure that within the production and storage processes high quality standards are maintained so that the consumer can have a safe and certified product in his hands. 

In essence, the adoption of GMP (including in the nutritional supplement sector) is an essential factor in confirming the quality and safety of products globally. Moreover, it is a precondition for access to markets where such standards are mandatory. Meeting these standards implies adherence to strict criteria concerning the production, packaging, labelling and storage of products. These criteria include:

  • adequate competence and training of personnel;
  • the use of conforming facilities and equipment;
  • the adoption of efficient quality control systems;
  • correct packaging and labelling;
  • the proper handling of any irregularities, non-conforming products, reports and complaints.

But let us look in greater detail at how choosing supplements that meet the requirements of GMP standards can benefit companies trading in the sector.

The advantages

Having a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification from an independent, internationally recognised body has numerous advantages:

  • it makes it possible to globally certify the GMP compliance of their processes, thereby increasing consumer confidence in product quality and safety;
  • it provides a clear and manageable view of the state of application of Good Manufacturing Practices for the entire production and packaging cycle;
  • it increases competitiveness and simplifies access to international markets;
  • it facilitates the qualification process for contract manufacturers.

Certifying the integrator, accordingly, not only enhances the company’s reputation, but also prompts consumers to purchase, who will thus feel more confident and understood in their concerns.

Beyond the suitability of the supplement: clinical studies

Ensuring safe and effective supplements does not, however, stop at compliance with the GMP guidelines alone. Cor.Con. International, in fact, seeks to anticipate consumer needs and expectations. This means investing in scientific research, through the development of supplements whose efficacy is supported by clinical studies. Our aim is to offer products that not only meet, but exceed quality and safety standards, thus contributing to the real well-being of consumers.

Through clinical studies conducted directly on humans, we test the efficacy of the supplement, contributing to the generation of new scientific publications in the field. For example, the effect of our supplement Colostrum on the immune system was examined in a clinical epidemiological study: the results confirm that oral intake of colostrum leads to fewer complications from influenza, as well as a lower incidence of hospitalisation.

We can conclude by stating that, in a global market where nutritional supplements are playing an increasingly important role, companies wishing to enter international markets and be competitive must focus on quality products, both made in accordance with the GMP regulations and validated by clinical studies.