One Lab Doesn’t Fit All—Let’s Talk About Filling in Your Testing Gaps

It is a common myth is that one testing lab can handle every kind of test—the reality is that each lab usually specializes in a unique set of test methods. While it may be frustrating to need multiple labs for one finished product, the truth is that not every lab can be focused on every possible test that one product may require.  With this in mind, it’s important for customers to focus on how to get the most accurate quality test results for their specific products.

Even in-house labs usually won’t have the capability to be able to test every part of their manufacturer’s product lineup. Sometimes, it just boils down to expense of the equipment or the unique skill that is required to perform certain tests. It may not be feasible or cost effective to add these capabilities to the in-house lab. This is why a specialty contract lab can be a great choice to help fill in the testing gaps!

Contract labs, like SORA Labs, will market the testing for the expertise they have. This provides the volume of samples needed to keep the analysts skill level and method proficiency to the highest level.  These specialty methods are technique-based and require stringent pH and temperature controls.  Enzyme assays require the enzyme product to act on a specific substrate, causing a by-product reaction that can be measured.  The USP/FCC often includes the substrate catalog or part number in the method but this is not always the case.  Sometimes the reagents listed in the method are no longer available and suitable alternatives must be found. This can take some time, as finding an alternative substrate can be challenging because testing multiple choices is necessary to qualify a replacement.  Comparing results of check standards and getting repeatable results over several days is the key to qualifying a new substrate.

Most contract labs and even in-house labs will not have the data on known samples or the time to get these qualifications completed–SORA Labs can help.  Our focus and work with enzyme and probiotic matrixes, day-after-day provide the expertise needed to test your specialty products. Labs usually realize pretty quickly that running these methods sporadically, with a sample or two a week, will not maintain the skill level that these methods require.

When your focus is quality (as it should be), make sure to choose the correct lab for accurate and repeatable results.  When it comes to enzyme and probiotic products, the choice is clear—SORA Labs!

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