Salt Lake City — The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) and Portland, Ore.-based Healthnotes signed a commercial partnership memorandum of understanding to promote Vitature, a software solution for dietary supplement brand holders, contract manufacturers, ingredient suppliers and importers.

Vitature is a cloud-based, software-as-a-service compliance platform designed specifically for the dietary supplement industry. According to UNPA, many supplement manufacturers rely on outdated or inadequate technology to request, track and transparently manage increasingly complex sets of data and documents required by various regulations, including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Vitature helps manufacturers accelerate the process of qualifying vendors, create and share material specs and manage label compliance, including scientific support for structure/function claims.

Vitature provides many benefits and cost savings by automating communications and data sharing required by manufacturers to qualify suppliers and materials, using an industry-approved protocol (SIDI), while providing compliance reports and business insights for executives, auditors and customers.

“As the supplement industry works toward full regulatory compliance under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), and more recently, various provisions of FSMA, we’ve seen frustration with the costs and complexity associated with record-keeping requirements, as well as the number of external audits,” said Loren Israelsen, UNPA president. “Vitature is a smart, efficient and cost-effective answer to tackle these regulatory compliance issues. We see Vitature as a viable way for all companies in the supplement space to solve these technical issues and are pleased to partner with Healthnotes to support its adoption by industry.”

“UNPA and Healthnotes both support a common mission to provide more awareness, education and technology within the dietary supplement industry to support compliance, quality and overall transparency in the supply chain,” said Skye Lininger, D.C., CEO of Healthnotes. “We are pleased to partner with UNPA in this effort.”

Healthnotes is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.