Quality Control Along International Standards

With the constant increase in the use of dietary supplements worldwide and the rapid expansion of the global market, the safety and quality of herbal materials and finished herbal products have become a major concern for health authorities, pharmaceutical industries and the public. The safety and efficacy of herbal extracts largely depend on their quality.

Because of their often complex and variable nature, control of raw materials, storage and processing assume particular importance in the manufacture of herbal products. The raw materials are sourced from approved vendors so as to conform to standard specifications. These are then analyzed to ensure that active constituents are present as detailed in the QC manual. Our QA system ensures the consistency and quality of the finished products.

Arjuna strengthened the laboratory facilities with many modern instruments and equipment like GC-MS for checking the presence of pesticides. Head space GC accurately analyses traces of residual solvents to meet the stringent specifications. Arjuna has been using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry(ICP-MS)ever since it was introduced commercially and gained general acceptance in many types of laboratories. The lab staff and scientists have been trained in the use of this equipment and can detect traces of any metal. Arjuna uses other sophisticated testing equipment like HPTLC(Camag,Swiss) for complete finger printing of complex molecule.

While the QA department tests chemical parameters and organoleptic qualities of all types of products, the modern microbiology laboratory functions for testing microbiological parameters of products.

Arjuna is fully equipped to meet the challenging new stringent standards set by EU by the amendment of the “Contaminants Regulation” EC/1881/2006 with regard to PAHs.

Close on the heels of a three-tier monitoring system, Arjuna has rolled out a quality control manual to further streamline quality assurance and quality control in its projects. The manual details the steps in line with the WHO guide lines to be followed while manufacturing, quality of materials to be used, and the testing procedures to be carried out.Besides, the specifications, methods to be adopted for ensuring quality have been listed out in detail.