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Question: Does the FDA approve laboratories that test supplements?
Answer: If a supplement claims to have been tested in an "FDA Approved" laboratory, don't believe it: The FDA does not approve laboratories. However a laboratory can "register" with the FDA and there are additional meaningful laboratory accreditations. Specialized laboratories that work with ConsumerLab.com to test products have these qualifications and their work is closely checked by ConsumerLab.com.
Supplements are sometimes also promoted as being made in an "FDA- inspected facility." While this statement may be true - a small percentage of dietary supplement facilities are inspected by the FDA each year - it in no way guarantees the quality of a product. For example, in 2014, 62% of the dietary supplement facilities inspected by the FDA received letters indicating noncompliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs). (ConsumerLab.com published a list of the companies which were inspected in 2014, indicating which companies received a letter for noncompliance and which did not.) In other words, simply stating that a facility has been inspected by the FDA reveals nothing about the outcome of that inspection, and whether or not violations were found.