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Understanding Technical Specifications - Grade

This information is provided to convey an understanding about how products are graded.

Each product on our website should contain the following information in the technical specifications area as appropriate.

USP (US Pharmacopoeia)
he product must be in excess of 99% purity with no binders, fillers, excipients, dyes, or unknown substances.
United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) The USP provides assurance to the consumer, as well as those involved in manufacturing and processing, that the quality and purity of the raw materials utilized are of pharmaceutical grade.
Consequently, the USP guarantees a certain standard of excellence sold only through physicians and selected pharmacies.

FCC (Food Chemical Codex)

Products must meet the international standards for purity and classification established by the FCC.

USP/FCC standards are for the quality, purity, strength and consistency of those products that are critical to the public health.

There are basically five different grades of raw materials:

Pharmaceutical Grade (USP):
The FDA requires that pharmaceutical grade products be 99.9% pure ingredients.
Products must contain 0.1%, or less, of bacteria.
Only 5% of the skin care industry is under the regulation established by the FDA and considered pharmaceutical grade skin care products

Food Grade: (FCC)
Regulation and classification given to products that meets FCC requirements for cooking and ingestion by humans..

Cosmetic Grade:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows cosmetic-grade products to be only 70% pure which means that the product may contain up to 30% other ingredients.
About 95% of the skincare industry uses ingredients of cosmetic quality.

Cosmetic oils are often from seeds that are of poor quality and need to be refined to be able to re-market them
Often oils are blended and this information is often not declared on the ingredient deck.

Organic cosmetic grade:
oes not mean much either because you still are using cosmetic grade ingredients.

Feed Grade:
Meets much lower standards set for animal consumption only and other commercial industries

Technical Grade
Does not meet the above criteria and is use in industrial processing and other fields.