Challenges You May Encounter From a Supplement Manufacturer

By | January 22, 2018


Supplement manufacturing is a large growing billion industry in the world. This industry is a growing lucrative prospect. Because the cost of setting up a manufacturing unit is expensive, many clients prefer to use the expert services of a supplement manufacturer.

Poor Quality Control

Dissolution failure, sub-potency, super-potency, mislabeling and some other problems continue to plague nutraceutical companies. Unlike synthesized products, quality control poses unique challenges for a natural product. Often, without extensive method development and research, it is not possible to verify the marker compound levels against the label claim (i.e., Supplement Facts Label). This is especially true when the compounds found in two or more of the botanicals are in the same class. When a product contains a blend of 10 botanicals that are not standardized extracts it is even more difficult.

Non-Compliance with GMP standards

Numerous companies each year have products recalled due to a lack of GMP protocols in their facility. Poor-quality products are a problem. Consequently, people will not continue to buy ineffective products. The health supplement industry has begun to call for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) on a voluntary and self-enforced basis. Make sure your supplement manufacturer is GMP compliant and adhering to its policies. Although the FDA has yet to finalize the dietary supplement industry GMPs which were mandated in the 1994 DSHEA act, pharmaceutical GMPs have been in place for some time.

Inexperienced Research and Development Department

The R&D team should be prepared to work closely with customers to create new formulations or help to expand existing product lines offering suggestions as to what could be added to the dosage form to enhance its potential value to consumers. They should be experienced in product development, blending, packaging and agglomeration.It is important to work with a manufacturer that is familiar with the different materials and how they might react with one another so that product integrity can be preserved. This is especially important as nutritional supplements consist of more complex formulas with multiple ingredients. See more.

Substitution of Cheaper Compounds

Stringent manufacturing practices are useless if the nutrients cannot be easily absorbed by the body. Some supplement manufacturers may substitute cheaper compounds. A client should make sure that more absorbable compounds are being used rather than the less absorbable ones. For example, many calcium formulas include magnesium; well-absorbed forms include magnesium aspartate, magnesium glycinate and magnesium oxide. Many other minerals may be complex as aspartates or picolinates, which generally provide excellent absorption.

Inadequate Facility

An inadequately equipped facility could pose a challenge. The supplement manufacturer is often unable to do the type of work necessary because they do not have the right type of equipment. Maintaining product form of a whole food ingredient requires specialized processing equipment and experience to accomplish proper mixing, pasteurization, and maintain product appearance. Having full lab services on premises is necessary.Clients have different needs, e.g., the speed of turn over, small batch capability. Many manufacturers are not geared for this.


Being clear on goals and expectations right from the initial stage is critical to avoid problems. Quality needs to be built in from the initial stages. If the client is geared for the cost of quality, it can be factored into the margin as well. The customer must be convinced the contract manufacturer will produce the final product to the same specifications as the client’s production processes.


Supplement manufacturers and their clients need to work closely together in the production of health supplements that are viable in today’s market, reflecting the needs of the community and most importantly-a quality nutrient that is consistently dependable and reliable. Check out this site: