I am having difficult deciding which 3rd party cert to move forward with for our facility.
Some background: we manufacture oil in water emulsions and nanodispersions that are used in cosmetics, animal supplements, and dietary supplements. Everything we manufacture is liquid, packaged in bulk, and then sent on to be packaged for the consumer or further processed. Most of our products are considered acidified (21 CFR Part 114) due to the addition of an acid (usually citric) to bring the pH into range for microbial stability, we cold fill/hold. Our state ag department audits us annually under 110 and 114 because our materials while used in dietary supplements are not finished supplements and fall under the 110 food regulations.
SO...SQF? NSF? FSSC? My goal/end-game is to simply have the backing of a trusted GFSI-type scheme to validate that our product safety program is up to par.
I'd love to hear the community's feedback, thanks!