The International Aloe Science Council (IASC) is the trade association for the worldwide aloe vera industry. It serves the needs of the expanding marketplace and is a source of information for research, development and promotion of aloe vera and associated products. For over 30 years, IASC has supported efforts to protect consumers of aloe vera from adulteration and false or misleading labelling.
The organisation developed its certification programmes so the industry's facilities and products could be independently audited. Raw materials and finished products - such as food supplements, beverages and personal care products - that comply with the certification scheme can display IASC's seal. Companies authorised to use the seal on their products are able to assure their customers that the aloe vera used is pure and meets IASC quality standards.
The association facility certification programme ensures that raw materials and products are being produced under good manufacturing practice (GMP) conditions. A manufacturing facility that obtains IASC certification has been inspected by an IASC auditor to ensure compliance with programme standards, including a review of manufacturing processes and compliance to GMP.
Facilities gaining the certification are qualified to produce materials or finished products. IASC's certification programmes provide a means for the aloe vera industry to self-regulate and demonstrate commitment to supplying quality products that are guaranteed to meet the expectations of retailers' customers.
Consumer interest in natural products is at an all-time high, with growing demand for goods that are produced in a sustainable manner. IASC supports the aloe vera industry in responding to this consumer demand by differentiating authentic products from inauthentic ones.