From raw materials to the ‘blue packets’ at your pharmacist
At Orthomol we won’t settle for anything less than the highest quality. This means that quality must be of the essence at all levels, otherwise it counts for nothing. Our products are therefore produced in Germany and our production standards are checked regularly by the German Technical Control Board TÜV. Since 2006 companies that process foods in Germany must complete a programme on the recognition and prevention of hazards (HACCP). Orthomol’s production processes have been checked according to this method as standard since 2001.
In 2005 an internationally valid quality management system was approved for the first time specifically for food production (DIN EN ISO 22000). This standard currently represents the highest level of quality management. Orthomol was certified by TÜV Rheinland according to this new standard in 2006 and is therefore the first company in our segment with production processes that conform to this highest level of quality.
Orthomol has its own quality management department.
Highest standard: DIN EN ISO 22000
Certification according to ISO 22000 assumes that all links in the production chain are subject to regular checks, from the raw materials supplier to the carrier. These checks do not end with delivery: the new quality management system accompanies Orthomol products all the way to the pharmacist. All feedback is documented and can contribute to improvements. Sensitive parts of the production process are analysed and special precautions are taken in advance.
TÜV Rheinland regularly confirms that Orthomol adheres to the quality standards specified in ISO 22000.
Every Orthomol packet is printed with a barcode with which you can track its journey from production to the pharmacist. You can therefore be certain that you have purchased an original Orthomol product. Check the authenticity of your product here
“From farm to fork”
Quality management should apply throughout the entire food production process, literally “from farm to fork” as specified by DIN EN ISO 22000. Orthomol not only complies with the provisions of this standard out of responsibility to the health and well-being of our customers, we do much more than that.
Overview of standards
There are a number of different standards that aim to help safeguard the safety and quality of foods but they vary significantly in areas ranging from their minimum requirements through to their most stringent regulations. Only a few companies, like Orthomol, have satisfied the strict ISO 22000 provisions.
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Analysis of risks for the individual steps in the food processing procedure and prevention of the identified hazards using suitable measures for avoiding or reducing these possible hazards. Mandatory for all food companies since 2006. Standard at Orthomol since 2001.
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) The GMP requirements for the food industry are set out in the Codex Alimentarius. This is a recommended but not obligatory international code of good practice which defines the general principles of food hygiene. The implementation of the GMP principles in production processes and their consistent fulfilment are checked in an audit by the German Technical Control Board TÜV and are documented in a GMP certificate. This has been standard practice at Orthomol for years.
ISO 22000 Comprehensive quality management system for food safety based on the worldwide ISO standard. Orthomol was the first company in its segment to introduce this system and has been certified since 2006. The standard is a combination of HACCP, GMP and GHP and also contains programmes for interactive communication and preventative measures to avoid hazards.
International Food Standard (IFS) / British Retail Consortium (BRC) These only concern the products and not the entire manufacturing process. Tailored to trade requirements, recognition differs from region to region.