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Our Testing Policy

THREE TIER TESTING

Purity   -   Quality   -   Potency

Testing Procedures

 

Farm To Clinic 

Plantation

Harvesting

Processing

Extraction

Testing

Finished Products

 

Three Tier Testing Policy

 

Tier 1 (A Grade - Bulk/Raw Herbs) - Australian Quarantine and / or Arrival Testing

 

Quality discernment of correct species and of high quality

Inspected for contaminated goods

Sulfur sampling pump testing for ammonia

Criteria: Sulfur Dioxide must be <1ppm with 6400260 Accuro Multigas Detector

NOTE: These herbs are NOT tested for pesticides. They are provided to give a full range of conventional herbs for practitioners.

 

Tier 2 (AA Grade - Bulk/Raw Herbs) - In House Testing

 

Gas Chromatography (GC) - Analysis of gas and volatile compounds

Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) - Lower limit detection of gas and volatile compounds as well as volatile pesticide and active compounds

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) - Separate analysis of compounds according to their polarity, and testing for aflatoxin and other active compounds

High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Mass-Spectrometry Mass Spectrometry (HPLC-MS-MS) - Lower limit detection and more accurate analysis and testing of active compounds as well testing levels of pesticide and antibiotics

Atomic absorption (AA) - Lower limit detection and testing of heavy metals content

High performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) - Analysis of herb spectrum according to strict guidelines

In-House tested screens for 278 pesticides and report back a Non-Detectable level

Batch recorded

 

Tier 3 (AAA Grade- Bulk/Raw Herbs ) - Independent Pesticide Testing through Spring Wind, USA. COA provided

Now, in partnership with Spring Wind, Empirical Health will be the first and only company to bring these herbs to Australia. Australia's Chinese Medicine practitioners are very blessed for the opportunity to access these herbs as they are in extremely high demand worldwide.

Independently tested for over 400 pesticides

Testing for pesticide residue

Criteria: Analytical report concludes Non-Detectable (ND) levels

Analytical method:   FDA IMP (and variant of - species dependant)

Extraction method:   FDA 302

Batch recorded

 

Tier 3 (AAA Grade - Single Granule Herbs) - COA provided

 

Gas Chromatography (GC) - Analysis of gas and volatile compounds

Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) - Lower limit detection of gas and volatile compounds as well as volatile pesticide and active compounds

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) - Separate analysis of compounds according to their polarity, and testing for aflatoxin and other active compounds

High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Mass-Spectrometry Mass Spectrometry (HPLC-MS-MS) - Lower limit detection and more accurate analysis and testing of active compounds as well testing levels of pesticide and antibiotics

Atomic absorption (AA) - Lower limit detection and testing of heavy metals content

High performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) - Analysis of herb spectrum according to strict guidelines

Batch recorded

In-House tested screens for 278 pesticides and report back a Non-Detectable level for all tested pesticides

Tested for (below) - Results must conform to specifications (specifications vary for each herb)

Organoleptic

Appearance

Species Identification

Particle Size

Moisture Content

Extract Content

Solubility

Loading Difference

Total Plate Count

Yeast & Mould

E.coli

Lead

Arsenic

Cadmium

Mercury

Pesticide Residues

 

Australian Certified Organic Herbs - Grade (O)

 

Complying with the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) regulations

ACO processor approval 

COA on request (processing fee may apply on certain items)

Comply with ACOS, National Standard

Contain 100% organic ingredients

 

Traceability

Herb Cultivation

Cultivation based selection, Checked records monitoring variations in environment, soil & water

Batch recorded

Fresh Raw Material Processing

Water washing and cleaning, Selecting and classifying,

Air drying

Batch recorded

 

Dry Raw Materials

Sample recording, Testing records (ID, assay, pesticides, heavy metals & moisture)

Approval and release record

Batch recorded

Production

Environment monitoring record,

Water monitoring record,

Equipment cleaning record

Batch production recorded

 

Finished Product

Finish product sampling record, Finish product batch testing record (ID, assay pesticides, heavy metals, microbios, aflatoxins, etc.)

Finish product approval and release recorded

Batch production record

 

Qualified Finished Product

 

 

A commitment to traceability

Our Suppliers have developed Internal Traceability Standards that are accepted by domestic and international customers. These standards are uniquely positioned to develop and deliver traceability for efficient trace back and track forward from each point in a supply chain.

CONTROL MEASURES: How to ensure identification and traceability of incoming materials and products is achieved.

  • Receipt and Storage
  • Process
  • Dispatch
  • Monitoring
  • Corrective Actions
  • Documentation and Record Keeping

Our Traceability Programs enhance supply chain visibility and help product consistency:

  • Ensure regulatory compliance
  • Locate and recall defective or unsafe goods
  • Validate particular product attributes, such as organic certification
  • Strengthen inventory control
  • Make supply chains more efficient
  • Enable trading partners to track a product as it moves from the field, through the supply chain, and on to the retail store or foodservice operator.

Botanical Source

  • Rigorous selection of raw materials in compliance with Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) guidelines.
  • Exhaustive testing of drugs which include botanical identification of species, control of active principles and heavy metals, pesticides, aflatoxins and microbiological control. All standards are in accordance with the International Regulations and Pharmacopoeias.
  • Appropriate storage conditions of our raw materials.

Manufacturing and Plant Equipment

  • Our manufacturing plant extracts more than 3,000 tons of herbs per year in compliance with GMP.
  • Different technologies are applied in Huisong in order to produce our products: different systems/extraction equipment: solid-liquid (drug/solvent), filtration, concentration under vacuum, spraying and vacuum belt dryer systems, purification (liquid-liquid extractions).

Quality Above All

  • The implementation and certification of a Quality Assurance System in compliance with GMP is the basis for our Total Quality Management System. These QC/QA measures enable us to comply with the demands of our clients concerning the quality and reliability of our products, processes and manufacturing equipment.
  • Raw Material controls, in process controls and finished product analyses (all according to the International Regulations or Pharmacopoeias) enable us to guarantee the quality and the traceability of our products.
  • We use the latest instruments and techniques for identification and quantification including: TLC, HPTLC, HPLC with UV/VIS, GC, AA, etc…
  • Isolation and characterization of active principles and marker substances used as reference standards have led to the validation of analytical methods which identify the extract components with more precision and safety.

Quality Control

  • Botanical extracts must be standardized with strict quality controls to ensure consistent composition, safety, and potency. All the botanicals extracts manufactured by our supplier undergo a comprehensive series of tests for identity, purity and potency using international standards or in-house methods.
  • Our well trained staff is dedicated to assuring that all our products meet these standards before they are released for sale.
  • Our certificate of analysis includes standard results for marker compounds, heavy metals, pesticides, solvent residues, microbe as well as mesh distribution and bulk density. Additional testing can be done on customer's request.

We could arrange the following tests to assure the quality:

  • Species Indentification (TLC, HPTLC, HPLC)
  • Pesticide Residue Analysis (GC-MS, LC-MS-MS)
  • Heavy Metal Analysis (AA, UV)

  • Active Components Control ( HPLC, UV-VIS)

The best Chinese Herbs in Australia and online.  We pride ourselves on the purest herbs with the highest quality and potency. Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM 


Our Safety Guarantee

Growing: - to meet your needs

We pride ourselves in sourcing eco-authentic specimens with incredible potency.  Our herbs come from GAP (good agricultural practices) certified farms and ethically wildcrafted sources.

Testing: - most comprehensive

Cell structure comparisons. T.L.C. and active ingredient matching ensure the correct species. Every herb, every time

Storing: - for maximum potency

Storing conditions greatly affect an herb's active ingredients. We purchase in small batches to avoid herbs sitting on the shelf for extended periods. 

 

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