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UNPA jointly launched the China Ingredients Quality Initiative (CIQI) with Eurofins Scientific to qualify and train dietary supplement ingredient manufacturers to comply with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and verify the quality of ingredients sourced from China. Currently, China supplies about 70% of the ingredients used by the US industry. Yet, many Chinese suppliers are not aware of current US regulations, and there are longstanding issues related to adulteration and spiking of ingredients. The CIQI program includes an on-site GMP audit, FMSA PCQI training, and ingredient testing at Eurofins laboratories according to relevant US standards before export. The FSMA Foreign Supplier Verification Program requires US companies to know their suppliers directly and be able to retroactively trace ingredients in the supply chain in case of contamination, adverse events, or other food safety problems. CIQI will enable US companies to have a direct relationship with a qualified group of FSMA compliant ingredient manufacturers in China and verify the quality of ingredients before exporting to the US market.
UNPA has launched CIQI as a new UNPA membership category to qualify and train Chinese dietary and food ingredient manufacturers to achieve compliance with the U.S. FDA GMPs and FSMA for ingredients exported to the United States.
Membership benefits include an on-site GMP audit, FSMA training, and ingredient testing at Eurofins laboratories for brand holders and contract manufacturers, with the oversight of UNPA and Eurofins.
CIQI will enable UNPA Executive Members to have a direct business relationship with a first rate and qualified group of GMP and FFSMA compliant Chinese ingredient manufacturers.
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