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Ora’s Third-Party Lab Testing Practices
We founded Ora to help people be well.
We make products that are undeniably clean – so that you and your families can trust you’re getting the highest-quality nutritional products on the market.
Several years ago, as we dove deeper into the supplement industry, we were horrified by the lack of transparency and regulations. We set out to do things differently, and that meant having an obsessive focus on quality control and third-party testing because we value your health and safety more than anything.
We test every batch of Ora Organic products at third-party, accredited laboratories to ensure our products are clean and safe for you and your loved ones.
Below, we walk you through our testing process and show you our test results. We’re radically transparent about our practices so you can feel confident in your choices.
Now, don your lab coats, please.
How we test our products
We put ourselves in your shoes and asked: if we were buying supplements, what would we want to know? That brought us to three very important questions we wanted to answer:
- Is my product clean?
- Is my product what it says it is?
- If so, how do I really know those two things?
This is our answer: Comprehensive third-party testing by accredited United States laboratories that follow quality standards set forth by the most prestigious national and international organizations.
We test every product batch for:
- Ingredient Potency
- Heavy Metal Content
- Microbial Contaminants
Annually, we screen all products for:
- Supplement Fact Verification
- Allergens (including gluten, dairy, peanut, and soy)
We use two quality standards because different countries set their own standards and test for different things. Our customers live around the globe, so we want to be as comprehensive as possible in the testing we do and the standards we follow. That’s why we measure our product safety against both European and US standards.
Each test follows these standards:
- United States Pharmacopeia
- European Commission for Food
The laboratories we use are called “third-party” labs because they are not affiliated with Ora. This means your test results are unbiased.
Our third-party laboratories are certified and accredited and highly respected within the industry. A few of the partners we work with are:
- JK BioScience Analytical Laboratories
- American Testing Laboratories
- Venture Laboratories
Certificates of Analysis
A Certificate of Analysis (also called a COA) is a document that publishes a product’s test results. These are, essentially, report cards – the culmination of all the hard work that goes into sourcing ingredients from trustworthy farms and ingredient suppliers.
It looks like this:
See Our Results
Our Certificates of Analysis are available to download below. We’re available if you have any questions at all.
We've included more context here to help you fully understand our testing. If you have other questions, we'd love to hear from you! Please email us anytime at email@example.com.
We don’t speak directly for other companies, but generally know that most brands either don’t test or don’t share their test results for one or more of the following reasons:
✓ They think testing costs too much money
✓ Companies don’t like the idea of what they’d find if they chose to test and think it’s better to stay in the dark
✓ Or, they did test, and they don’t like what the results show, so they don’t share them publicly
The above isn’t acceptable to us, which is why we do things differently.
Heavy metals (like lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic) occur naturally in our environment. They’re part of the earth’s crust and, as such, are part of air, water, and soil. Because our products are made from plants – which come from soil – heavy metal content is likely to be present.
In small amounts, heavy metals are generally harmless (excepting any special medical condition). In fact, you already eat heavy metals if you eat fruits or veggies from your grocery store.
The concern around heavy metals stems from the amount that may be present. In large doses, heavy metals can be dangerous. And that’s why testing is important – to ensure that the product you’re consuming is below the threshold that is considered safe by the United States Pharmacopeia.
We want our customers to be familiar with heavy metals – but we don’t want you to fear them. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The FDA monitors and regulates the supplement industry. However, it does not certify or test products before they go to market. Nor do they require supplement companies to test their products. Instead, companies can make the decision to do so, even if they believe the products are safe and unadulterated without it. (And that’s exactly why you’re on this page right now.)