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Navigating the Process: Obtaining an Amazon Certificate of Analysis for Dietary Supplements

September 13, 2023

Navigating the Process: Obtaining an Amazon Certificate of Analysis for Dietary Supplements

In today’s health-conscious society, dietary supplements have gained significant popularity, offering consumers an array of options to support their well-being. In addition to any FDA or other government regulations, retailers have developed rigorous standards for supplements to protect consumers, verify claims, and ensure quality and safety. To establish credibility and trust in this highly competitive market, supplement manufacturers must ensure that their products meet the stringent quality standards set by each retailer and online marketplace reseller such as Amazon and Walmart among others.

To improve the integrity of the supplements being sold on their marketplace, Amazon is requiring a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) for all supplements sold through the platform.  This is a requirement for all sellers and non-compliance will result in Amazon blocking a product for sale.

Understanding the Amazon Certificate of Analysis:

The Amazon CoA is a crucial document that verifies the safety, authenticity, and quality of dietary supplements sold on the Amazon platform. This certification ensures transparency to consumers, assuring them that the purchased products meet stringent quality standards and are free from contaminants or misleading claims. Manufacturers seeking the Amazon CoA must undertake a comprehensive analysis of their supplement products to validate compliance with Amazon’s guidelines and regulations. These must be updated annually to remain in compliance.

How to obtain Amazon CoA

  1. Expert Analysis Solutions:

Collaborating with an ISO Certified Lab specialized in providing comprehensive testing solutions for dietary supplements, is a requirement. The company should have extensive experience conducting essential tests, such as identity testing, potency analysis, microbiological testing, and heavy metal analysis.   To start, you will need to provide the following information to your lab partner:

    • Ingredient List with active ingredients
    • A picture of your packaging – front and back
    • Your formulation*

*Make sure your lab partner has Non-Disclosure Agreements in place to protect the confidentiality of your formulation.

  1. Product Sampling and Testing:

Samples of your dietary supplements will be collected and sent to a certified laboratory for testing. The laboratory will perform various analyses, including verification of product identity, potency, purity, and the absence of harmful contaminants. These tests help ensure that your supplements meet the required safety and quality standards. Depending on the product and ingredients, a combination of testing methods including Quantity by Input (QBI) may be necessary.

Collaborating with an analysis-focused company that possesses expertise in testing methodology and a comprehensive understanding of Amazon’s requirements can offer valuable guidance and support throughout the process, ensuring compliance and transparency.

  1. Test Results and Documentation:

After laboratory analysis, you will receive a detailed report containing the test results. This documentation is essential for obtaining the Amazon CoA as you will use it to furnish data to Amazon. The report should clearly demonstrate that your products meet all the necessary criteria set by Amazon, including accurate ingredient labeling, absence of prohibited substances, and compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

  1. Submitting the Certificate of Analysis to Amazon:

Once you have received the comprehensive report from the analysis-focused company, it’s time to submit the documentation to Amazon. It is also important to include your manufactures GMP certificate when submitting your CoA. Follow the platform’s guidelines for uploading the CoA, ensuring that it is accurate, up-to-date, and complies with their specific requirements. Amazon’s team will review the document to validate the safety and quality of your products before issuing the Certificate of Analysis.

Partnering with RL Food Testing for Amazon CoA

RL Food Testing is a nationally recognized company that specializes in testing services for dietary supplements. Most labs cannot conduct full panels of supplement testing.  Through partnership with ISO certified laboratories, RL Food Testing possesses extensive expertise and experience and has guided multiple manufacturers through the Amazon CoA process and can guarantee 100% testing needs.

  • Individualize Consultation

Meet individually with a trusted expert to determine the specific testing requirements for your supplement. This includes identifying the necessary tests based on the ingredients, potency claims, and potential contaminants.

  • Comprehensive Testing Services

RL Food Testing offers a wide range of testing services necessary for obtaining an Amazon CoA. These services include identity testing, potency analysis, microbiological testing, heavy metal analysis, and more. Our state-of-the-art laboratory partners and advanced testing methods ensure accurate and precise results, meeting the highest industry standards.

  • Timely and Effective Process

Partnering with RL Food Testing streamlines the process of obtaining the Amazon CoA for your dietary supplements. Our streamlined approach ensures efficient sample collection, analysis, and report generation. This saves you valuable time and allows you to focus on other critical aspects of your business.

  • Expert Guidance and Support

Navigating the complex landscape of dietary supplement regulations can be daunting. RL Food Testing understands the regulatory requirements and can help ensure your products comply with Amazon’s guidelines, as well as other relevant regulations such as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Our experienced team can help you navigate the process with ease.

Obtaining an Amazon Certificate of Analysis is essential for supplement manufacturers looking to establish trust, credibility, and compliance on the Amazon platform.   Our extensive expertise, comprehensive testing services, regulatory compliance knowledge, and commitment to delivering accurate results ensure a smooth and efficient experience. Together, you can ensure the safety, authenticity, and quality of your dietary supplements while enhancing consumer trust and driving success in the competitive online marketplace.

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