Afriplex sets out to pioneer SSCI standards in Africa

As a leading player in the nutritional supplement industry, Afriplex is on the verge of making history as the first company in Africa to align with the rigorous standards of the Supplement Safety & Compliance Initiative (SSCI).

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SSCI is an industry-driven initiative led by retailers in the US to provide a harmonised benchmark that recognises supplement safety, authenticity, and compliance standards around the world. Introduced in 2015, the initiative emerged as a response to the pressing need for enhanced quality control measures within the nutritional supplement sector. Notably, major retailers such as Amazon and Walmart have recognised SSCI as the gold standard for companies seeking to market their products on their platforms.

At its core, the initiative aims to address the lack of harmonised standards across the international nutritional supplement supply chain. Recognising this gap, industry leaders championed the establishment of SSCI as an organisation designed by the industry, for the industry.

Key to SSCI’s effectiveness is its benchmarking methodology, which aligns closely with the standards of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). This streamlined approach ensures consistency in benchmarking practices across the CGF, further bolstering the credibility and reliability of SSCI standards.

Committed quality, safety and compliance

Afriplex’s responsible pharmacist, Robert Longrigg comments: “Afriplex’s pursuit of SSCI compliance underscores its unwavering commitment to product quality, safety, and regulatory compliance.”

By embracing these standards, Afriplex not only distinguishes itself as a leader in the African nutritional supplement market but also reaffirms its dedication to meeting the highest global benchmarks for quality and safety.

As Afriplex advances towards SSCI compliance, it paves the way for other companies in South Africa to follow suit, setting a new standard for excellence in the African supplement industry.

With SSCI certification on the horizon, Afriplex is poised to elevate the industry’s standards and ensure consumer confidence in the safety and efficacy of its products.

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