Manufacturing eLiquid isn’t much different from any other business in the world when it comes to practices, policies and procedures that go into the manufacturing process. There are certain sets of safety, efficiency and quality checks that can be passed to achieve certification in different areas. And, by becoming certified in different areas of your eLiquid business, you’re able to stand out from the crowd. AmericaneLiquidStore.com has recently become ISO 9001:2008 certified for quality, something no other U.S. manufacturer of eLiquid has yet done.
What is ISO certification you ask? ISO 9001:2008 certification is an international standard for quality management. Certification requires practices to meet policy. But, this isn’t as simple as it seems! It often takes businesses years to meet the ISO 9001:2008 standard. To become certified, a business must develop their quality management system to meet the ISO 9001:2008 standard, then pass rigorous third-party audits by an accredited registrar! These audits search for inconsistencies in policies and practices and force a business to continually improve their quality management system.
Because the FDA doesn’t regulate the eLiquid and electronic cigarette industries yet, there aren’t any specific pieces of legislation or policies that are enforced. So how do you tell if the company you’re buying from is manufacturing their products safely? The answer is that you’ll have to look for other certifications that back up a company’s claim to quality.
Now, that being said, ISO certification has nothing to do with the actual products themselves. ISO certification puts emphasis on how the business functions. This isn’t to say that the two aren’t related though… for example, ISO measures the procedures in a lab, like when lab equipment is cleaned or how materials are stored. By measuring the quality put into the steps of making a product, you can assume that the product itself is the sum of its parts!
Another way to check an see if your company is performing to high expectations is to check for GMPs or cGMPs. “Good Manufacturing Practice” or “GMP” are practices and the systems required to be adopted in pharmaceutical manufacturing, quality control, diagnostics, foods, pharmaceutical products, medical devices and tobacco products as regulated by the FDA.
AmericaneLiquidStore.com also exhibits cGMPs, but ours can be viewed a bit differently. Because we had to be audited as part of our ISO certification, we were also audited for cGMPs. When our procedures were inspected for quality, our cGMP standards were also critiqued as the means to our good practices. Therefore, we can truly say that our cGMPs are quality, because they were audited in our ISO certification!
Certifications and standards are important to take into account when buying eLiquid. If you’re not buying from AmericaneLiquidStore.com, take a look at your current manufacturer and ask yourself this: do they have any quality certifications, do they conform to any international standards and finally, are they giving me the best product possible?