Day 2 in India: Auditing Suppliers of Ayurvedic Supplements

Note: Lynda Hammons, VP of GLobal Quality and Regulatory an Ellen O’Neal, Purchasing Manager, are performing an audit on our suppliers in India through April. They are taking pictures and writing updates from India, and we’ll be sharing some of their experiences on the blog and on social media. Below is part 2, in their words, where they are auditing the supplier of our Ayurvedic products.

Lynda (left) and Ellen take a helicopter to their audit of NSP’s ayurvedic products supplier.

This supplier rates an A++ for their high quality standards including state-of-the-art facility and expert staff of various disciplines.

Three employees are in uniform and coverings to prevent material contamination during sifting.

The company has on staff a PhD pharmacist, a botanist, a chemist, as well as Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine. This experiences and educated team together assures each lot meets Nature’s Sunshine’s specifications before the raw materials are shipped. In addition, each lot is tested by NSP’s Quality Control labs to verify every lot is only the best. The owner told us that, “Nature’s Sunshine has the strictest specifications of any of my customers.”

Voucher specimen samples of ginger root, asparagus root, black pepper seeds and turmeric root in supplier’s QC lab that have been authenticated by the botanist and Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine. These specimens are used as standards against which new lots of each are tested.

About Ayurvedic medicine

Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and practiced in other parts of the world as a form of alternative medicine. In Sanskrit, the word ayurveda consists of the words āyus, meaning “longevity”, and veda, meaning “related to knowledge” or “science”. Over the centuries, Ayurvedic practitioners developed a number of medicinal preparations for the treatment of various ailments and diseases.

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