GMP (Good manufacturing practices)
GMP are the practices required in order to conform to the guidelines recommended by agencies that control the authorization and licensing of the manufacture and sale of food and beverages, cosmetics, pharmaceutical products, dietary supplements, and medical devices. These guidelines provide minimum requirements that a manufacturer must meet to assure that their products are consistently high in quality, from batch to batch, for their intended use. The rules that govern each industry may differ significantly; however, the main purpose of GMP is always to prevent harm from occurring to the end user. Additional tenets include ensuring the end product is free from contamination, that it is consistent in its manufacture, that its manufacture has been well documented, that personnel are well trained, and the product has been checked for quality more than just at the end phase.
HACCP (Hazard analysis and critical control point)
Food production, storage, and distribution monitoring system for identification and control of associated health hazards. It is aimed at prevention of contamination, instead of end-product evaluation. In place of relying on food inspectors to detect food safety problems, HACCP shifts the responsibility to the food producer to ensure that the product is safely consumable. Proposed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission for the food industry in general, and meat, poultry, and seafood industry in particular, it has been adopted by some 150 countries.
Non-GMO means non-genetically modified organisms. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are novel organisms created in a laboratory using genetic modification/engineering techniques. Scientists and consumer and environmental groups have cited many health and environmental risks with foods containing GMOs.
Beyuna supports clean labeling; Beyuna’s products do not contain any artificial ingredients that cannot be absorbed by the body. Beyuna’s products are improved on an ongoing basis and adjusted based on the latest scientific insights.
EFSA is a European agency funded by the European Union that operates independently of the European legislative and executive institutions (Commission, Council, Parliament) and the EU Member States.
It was founded in 2002 following a series of food crises in the late 1990s. EFSA is the official source for scientific advice and communication on risks associated with the food chain. The agency was legally established by the EU under the General Food Law - Regulation 178/2002.
The General Food Law created a European food safety system in which responsibility for risk assessment (science) and for risk management (policy) are kept separate. EFSA is responsible for the former, and also has the duty to communicate its scientific findings to the public.
Please go the website of the EFSA for more information.
NPN is the Dutch trade association for manufacturers, raw material suppliers, importers and distributors of supplements. NPN stands for Natural and Health Products Netherlands. The focus is on supplements, such as vitamins and herbals.
NPN ensures that consumers have a responsible supply of safe, effective nutritional supplements and adequate information.
The NZVT was established to provide athletes with as much assurance as possible, knowing that the supplements they wish to take do not contain prohibited substances and that the ingredients are on the label.
The NZVT is a joint effort involving the Netherlands Olympic Committee Netherlands Sports Confederation (NOCNSF), the trade organisation for supplement producers and providers in the Netherlands (NPN), and the Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands (the “Doping Authority”), in close cooperation with the NOCNSF Athletes’ Committee, the Institute of Food Safety of Wageningen University and Research Centre (RIKILT), and the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS).
For more information, go to the website of NZVT.
Z-Index maintains and updates the G-Standaard, the Dutch drug database which is used by all parties in healthcare in the Netherlands. The G-Standaard contains all the products that are dispensed by or used in the pharmacy. It enables an efficient exchange of information between healthcare professionals.
The G-Standaard covers information about licensed medicines; unlicensed medicines (e.g. raw materials and compounding preparations); vitamins and other nutritional supplements; homeopathic medicines; and medical devices. More than 100.000 care products are registered in G-Standaard. For each care, product information is added, for example about pharmacovigilance, price, logistics and the reimbursement policy of various health insurers.
Please go to the website for more information.