SISU is GMP, Good Manufacturing Practises, certified. GMP is an overall quality standard enforced by the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada that includes raw material and product sourcing and testing requirements, record keeping and product tracking, manufacturing facility sanitation, personnel qualifications and more. GMP is a manufacturing quality standard that SISU takes to heart; we ensure that every company we source ingredients from is also GMP certified, or equivalent. This enables us to maintain our high standards for providing high-quality products.
The New Canadian Government Regulations
Prior to January 2004, some of our products, including all vitamins and minerals, were regulated as drugs and each formula had to be approved and issued a Drug Identification Number (DIN). The remaining products were regulated as foods under a different branch of Health Canada, following a separate set of regulations.
Now all of our health supplements fall under the newly created category of natural health products and they will all need to have a Natural Product Number (NPN) including appropriate dosage, claims and warnings as regulated by the Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) of Health Canada. GMP status is now mandatory for all manufacturers of products sold in Canada. As the regulatory change is extensive, it will be phased in over a five-year period with certain products, including those with a DIN, scheduled to switch to the new regulations last.
We have an extensive testing schedule where every product is tested several times during manufacturing by our in-house team of experts, as well as by independent laboratories to ensure identity, potency and purity. Our quality standards are in some cases much higher than required by the Canadian government. Any material found unfit is sent back to the supplier.
At SISU, the quality and effectiveness of our products have always been our highest priorities and our record and reputation have reflected that.