Quality Assurance Practices at Pharmaca

Look to Pharmaca for products you can trust.

We know that it can be challenging finding the right supplements for you and your family. You want high quality products that are supported by science. And so do we!

All of our nutritional and herbal supplements are selected according to our rigorous Dietary Supplement Vendor Quality Assurance & Transparency Standards Program. That means:

  • We strive to visit and inspect every manufacturing facility to verify quality assurance standards.
  • We are committed to ensuring that the products we sell are accurately and legally labeled in accordance with DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994), FTC Truth in Labeling laws, and all associated FDA regulations.
  • We are committed to offering research-driven dietary supplements that have a proven track record.
  • We feature dietary supplements that are free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, hydrogenated oils and preservatives.
  • We provide nutritional products that support the health and well-being of our customers and our environment.
  • We support brands that are certified for sustainability and quality assurance by third party organizations that are independent from the dietary supplement manufacturers themselves. Look for the stamp of approval on the product’s packaging. These independent organizations include:  

NSF Dietary Supplement certification
Beyond GMP audits, these products have been independently tested and meet standards for label claim, toxicology and contaminants.

Certified Gluten-Free
The Gluten-Free Certification Organization certifies to less than 10 ppm, using two rigorous standardized testing methods.

USDA Organic
Proves that the supplement meets the USDA Organic standards, which address soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, the use of additives and more.

Non-GMO Project Verified
Proves that the supplement is free from genetically modified organisms, or ingredients that have been scientifically altered.


More about our Quality Assurance Practices

Pharmaca requires that all suppliers of dietary supplements and homeopathic medicines verif y their quality assurance practices according to our Vendor Quality Assurance Practice Standards (VQAP). Verification can be done through an on-site audit done by Pharmaca staff, or proof that an independent third party cGMP program has audited the manufacturer in the last 12 months. Re-verification is necessary every three to five years, depending on VQAP compliance.

  • Verification can be done through an on-site audit done by Pharmaca staff, or proof that an independent third party cGMP program has audited the manufacturer in the last 12 months.
  • Re-verification is necessary every three to five years, depending on VQAP compliance.

    Audits assess the following:
    • Identity for all raw materials via in-house or qualified laboratory testing
    • In-house, qualified laboratory or validated supplier Certificate of Analysis for:
      • identity, microbiological and heavy metal contaminants (NSF, USP or AHPA limits)
      • pesticides/herbicides (for applicable botanicals)
      • aflatoxins (when applicable)
      • melamine (when applicable)
      • potency (when applicable)
    • Use of most appropriate testing methodologies when testing for identity, microbiologicals, heavy metals, pesticides/herbicides (for botanicals), aflatoxins, melamine and residual solvents
    • All methodologies will be compendia methods and/or scientifically valid methods
    • Acceptable supplier and contract manufacturer qualification consisting of:
      • demonstrated cGMP compliance
      • on-site audit or established historical relationship
      • initial validation of certificate of analyses (CoA) for raw ingredients.
    • In addition to supplier CoA, identity is tested on each batch of raw materials or finished product and all other analytical tests [microbiology, heavy metals, pesticides/herbicides (non-organic), solvents (concentrates)] are completed on at least every fifth batch/lot or, if less than 5 lots, at least once annually. Potency-testing procedure for finished products in place and in use
    • Evident knowledge of industry-known common adulterants and contaminants, and sufficient testing to guarantee the absence of these adulterants and contaminants in finished products by conducting full confirmation testing
    • SOP demonstration of controlled manufacturing processes for all finished products
    • Specifications for all raw material and finished products and documented usage of these specifications
    • A stability program is in use to ensure that all finished products meet label claim throughout their shelf life
    • Products contain active ingredients in sufficient quantities to be clinically effective
    • Evidence of total quality (e.g. research and product development, product formulation, sustainable environmental practices, clinical trial support, good business practices)

Pharmaca also places a strong emphasis on professional-quality supplements from vendors who are known throughout the industry for their standards for purity, quality and efficacy. These manufacturers include: 

  • Integrative Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Metagenics
  • Seroyal/Pharmax
  • Pure Encapsulations
  • Thorne Research
  • Vital Nutrients