Quality Assurance and Certification
To download a copy of our current certificate of GMP compliance, please click here.
Please click here for our MIA (Manufacturers and Importers Licence)
Please click here to download a copy of Rutland’s current Biodynamic Association Certificate, and to learn more about Rutland’s Organic Medicine Scheme, please click here.
Quality Assurance (QA) is the term given to the formalisation of the whole business ethos – and runs through everything everything we do – right from the suppliers we deal with, to the recall systems we maintain. Part of QA is current Good Manufacturing Practise (cGMP), which is controlled by our Quality Management System. This was begum in 2004 and took 6 years to develop into the license (MIA 28255). This constantly and formally maintained, updated and modernised in compliance with the evolving regulatory scene currently found at http://ec.europa.eu/health/documents/eudralex/vol-4/index_en.htm . This has a far wider remit than just Quality Control (which is the testing of products). Every action is controlled by SOPs giving absolute assurance of safety and quality. It is kept current by monthly self-audits and reference to the eudralex website, it is checked by an external consultant and then regularly inspected by government medicines inspectors.
Our company staff includes a professionally qualified medical herbalist, technologists and several scientists.
Quality from Seed to Bottle
Seeds are carefully selected from our own home saved harvest where possible; otherwise they are bought in from specialist organic growers with years of experience. Our experienced and qualified growers study the rhythms of nature and apply this experience to sowing and harvesting dates. Herbs grown on the farm are almost all hand-harvested and always at the peak of their vibrancy. Our collectors are trained by us and some have worked here for 20 years. In these ways, we can control the quality in ways generally unavailable to industrial warehouses.
Our herbal products are dispensed in British-made ISO 9000 High Density PE food grade bottles, which are the tried, tested and preferred choice by herbalists over many decades. Our packaging is all recyclable with tamper evident tops – find out more about packaging and recycling.
At various stages during the process, manufacturing and distribution of our products, samples are taken for validation and verification in our laboratory. These tests involve standard pharmacopoeia testing, such as:
- Analytical chromatography (HPLC, GC and TLC)
- Foreign matter
- Total and acid insoluble ash
- Loss on drying
- Ethanol soluble extractive and insoluble residues
- Water soluble extractive
- Alcohol estimation
- Swelling index
- Large number of other specialist Pharmacopoeia monograph assays and tests