Story of importers bankrupt by gmp fabricated
In the pharmaceutical and chemical trading, suppliers are often required to provide Factory GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) along with the manufacturer’s original CoA (Certificate Of Analysis)), either for registration or evaluation purposes. It is not a problem for factories with Chinese GMP or ISO or audited by foreign authorities such as EDQM, US FDA, TGA, COFEPRIS, etc. We all know that GMP and ISO certificate is only issued to factories for producing certain products (Though there are ISO certificates for sales). What should those chemical suppliers do without any certificate?
If suppliers are honest and they would submit the original GMP Certificates along with the CoA to the customer and when there is no GMP, I mean no factory in China has GMP for it, they would tell importers the truth.
But imagine once the importers have the original certificates with manufacturer names on them, what will importers do? Maybe the importers only want to make sure that certain pharmaceutical is GMP certified, suitable for their MOH registration and allowed for human consumption when made into formulations. But the importers may skip the middleman and contact the manufacturers right after they see the factory names on GMP certificates to get a better price.
Some suppliers may say they can only provide Original GMP and CoA after buyers confirm the order. The buyers won’t approve in many cases. Without those certificates, the importers will not place an order in the first place.
So original GMP became headaches for many suppliers. So there come those suppliers fabricating GMP or ISO certificates to get orders from the importers. With those fake certificates, those suppliers got one order after another without customers knowing the real manufacturers. Once they got a taste of the fake certificates, they began to fabricate fake certificates whenever needed.
Many suppliers are doing it and more suppliers are about to do it. But we say it loudly: it is NOT OK.
On one hand, those importers who skipped the suppliers and contacted the manufacturers directly were unethical. On the other hand, GMP fabrication is not only a great danger to human health but also a SERIOUS CRIME. they may bankrupt their importers for buying fake pharmaceutical ingredients, even dragging both importers and exporters into prison for the crime.
To avoid such tragedies, importers have to verify the GMP in the first place. (For importers who don’t know how, please check our post: how to verify Chinese GMP online).
We are not being over-dramatic here and we will share some similar stories in our future posts. We also want your ideas on how suppliers and customers can have each other’s trust in international chemical trading.