Excellent site Simon...Many thanks!!
We are a nutritional supplement manufacturer with the majority of our business being Creatine. We are SQF level 2 certified. The question has been asked by the management team, "Can we do any of the lab tests in-house to save some expense?" I think micro's are out of consideration for now, but it seems reasonable that we could test for heavy metals.
SQF 2.5.6iii states "All analyses are conducted to nationally recognized methods or alternative methods which are validated as equivalent to the nationally recognized methods."
The SQF guidance for this section states "If an internal or company laboratory is used, test methods should be checked against an accredited external laboratory at least once per year."
To me, this sounds much like in-house allergen testing for an allergen plan; perform the tests in-house and validate the results with an accredited lab.
Am I over simplifying this?
Does anyone have experience in this arena and is able to provide some insight?
Thanks in advance,