WHAT IS PHARMA-IQ™
In a loosely regulated supplement industry plagued with controversy and poor quality controls, Pharma-IQ™ is a mission-critical quality program developed under our Space Act Agreement with NASA to ensure consistency, safety and efficacy.
From raw material to finished product, Pharma-IQ™ is a Spinoff technology that goes beyond current regulatory guidelines, and requires extensive batch controls and laboratory testing.
Modeled after pharmaceutical quality control systems, Pharma-IQ™ goes several steps beyond current Good Manufacturing Practices, and requires extensive batch controls, ingredient testing, potency assays and record-keeping, to name a few – often exceeding existing requirements for pharmaceutical products.
We abide by the old adage: “if it’s not documented, it didn’t happen.” Every step of the production process, whether raw material selection, tablet compression force, or test results, must be documented. Quality Unit inspectors review and approve production and testing procedures, forms, and records before a lot of finished product is released.
In addition to ingredient testing, each product is tested at various stages to ensure:
Homogeneity (e.g. consistency across the entire batch),
Potency (e.g. each ingredient meets the label claim),
Purity (e.g. heavy metal, microbial, and other forms of contamination),
Dissolution (e.g. the contents are released and become bio-available)
Stability (e.g. ensures freshness throughout its shelf life)
Each individual raw material is positively identified using “fingerprinting” (e.g. FT-NIR) or other validated methodology. Suppliers must provide Certificates of Analysis on every component shipped, before it is accepted. Then, the material is tested in-house to ensure compliance and absence of contaminants.
To provide an objective and unbiased verification of our quality beyond our internal protocols, Pharma-IQ™ also requires the independent validation of both the product and the facilities. As such, we voluntarily submit random samples to FDA-approved third-party laboratories to corroborate test results. Furthermore, we also require independent facility audits conducted by certified pharmaceutical auditors such as NSF, USP, and Dicentra.