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     What is product quality certification?

     Product quality certification is certification that products conform to certain quality parameters and specified requirements. Depending on the end-use of the product and the market in which it is to be sold, quality parameters may include product identity, purity, efficacy and safety. Microbiological and analytical tests are carried out for a wide range of internationally traded natural products used within the food, cosmetics and medicines industries. Different certifications may be of relevance for showing to buyers that a product complies with certain quality parameters. It may be quality as to the product itself or the way it is processed and handled. Exporters may implement a quality system, for instance in line with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), ISO 9000 or the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system. Such systems imply systematic actions ensuring that a product satisfies given quality requirements. The exporter may have the systems audited by the buyer, or certified by an internationally recognized certification body.