Manufacturing

Capabilities

We are softgel leaders and experts in complex softgel manufacture, as well as being able to manufacture all types of standard softgel formulations. We offer a variety of softgel types and dosage forms, including bovine and fish gelatin softgels, Vegesoft® vegetarian softgels, Softburst™ chewable softgels (also available in Vegetarian and fish gel) and Algigel delayed release softgels. We have an extremely diverse softgel product range and manufacture over 3,000 formulations from simple oil products to complex paste formulations.
For our complex softgel and paste formulations, we have invested significantly in plant, equipment and people to ensure we supply a very high quality and consistent product for which we are market leaders.
Another of our specialities is encapsulation of high strength fish oils. We have highly specialised equipment, vessels and procedures, including onsite nitrogen generation, which are specifically designed to minimise oxidisation and maintain quality of these highly sensitive oils throughout manufacture and during shelf life.
In our encapsulation department, we have two machine sizes which provide us with great flexibility and the ability to produce both small and large volumes of softgels efficiently.
We are able to offer a wide range of colours through the expertise and complexity of our gelatin preparation department and also many sizes and shapes of softgels, though our own in house Engineering company.
Our facility is state-of-the-art and we operate a very lean, flexible and efficient process. We operate continuous improvement programmes and regularly invest significantly to ensure our facilities and equipment are industry leading. Our current capacity is in the region of 2.5 million softgels per year, with firm expansion plans in place to take that over 4 billion in a five year phased plan.
Many of our staff have been with the company for ten years and over, some since EuroCaps was founded in 1994. In that time, we have built up a wealth of vital experience in the manufacture of all types of softgel oil and paste products and, more recently, with Vegesoft® (vegetarian) and Softburst™ (Chewable) capsules.
To complement their experience, all our staff are highly trained for the manufacture of softgels and in GMP and our operations comply to cGMP standards with approval by UK MHRA.

We pride ourselves on our philosophy of continuous improvement and delighting the customer in all areas of manufacturing.

Quality

At EuroCaps, quality is key to our manufacturing process and we operate an up to date and well maintained Quality Management System (QMS). We manufacture both dietary supplements and OTC pharmaceuticals in compliance with GMP and we are licensed by the UK MHRA.
We operate HACCP in line with the Codex standard and our traceability is maintained from receipt of raw materials to dispatch of finished goods.
Our quality is confirmed through the following accreditations:

• Licensed by the MHRA for the manufacture and testing of soft gelatin & herbal medicinal products
• BRC (Global Standard for Food Safety) certified (grade AA+)
• Registered with the U.S. FDA and successfully inspected by the FDA for the manufacture of dietary supplements in accordance with 21CFR111.
• Approved by the Saudi FDA for manufacture of medicinal products.
• Registered for the manufacture of animal feed products (category R6 – pet foods).

We keep abreast of current regulations important and vital to our industry.
Our QP regularly attends QP symposiums and events to keep updated with and to contribute to changing pharmaceutical regulations.
We are also active members of the Health Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA), where we also contribute to and keep updated on changing regulation in the Health Food and Supplements Industry.

We are certified by the following bodies and are able to manufacture certifiable product according to their standards:

• Marine Steward Council (MSC)
• Friend of the Sea (FoS)
• Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)
• Round Table for Sustainable Palm oil (RSPO)

Supply Chain

In today’s demand driven world, Supply Chain Management is a key focus area. With the growth of global markets, increasing client expectations and more intense and diverse competitive pressure driving the development of new supply chain strategies; ensuring our Supplier Relationship Management is aligned and coordinated to business strategy is critical to EuroCaps’ and our clients success.

Our Supply Chain Team supports the management of all activities involved in sourcing, negotiating, warehousing and distribution of products, which is essential for product consistency and flow from point of manufacture to the end consumer. We support key business functions on customer service and product development, whilst embracing and ensuring compliance with many ethical and sustainable strategies. We ask our suppliers to meet the legal and ethical requirements that we and our customers expect. This can be found in DCC’s Supply Chain Integrity Policy DCC Supply Chain Integrity Policy

Long term relationships with our select group of supply partners, as well as discovery of new, high quality suppliers and manufacturers are integral to our success. This is essential to providing raw materials and services of the highest quality at the best value, as well as for sourcing and discovering new and innovative ingredients to assist our Sales and Development colleagues and ultimately our customers.

With global links to leading manufacturers and value-adding agents we remain professional yet friendly, approachable yet respectful, all combined with the highest respect for ethics and integrity. We welcome partnering with those who share these principles.

Laboratory

At EuroCaps, we recognise that quality is the result of the combined effects of the premises, equipment, materials, procedures and personnel involved both directly and indirectly in the manufacturing process.

Complying with the principles and guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and authorised by the MHRA to perform physical and chemical testing, our on-site Quality Control laboratory and team of experienced analysts are well-equipped to ensure that necessary and relevant tests are carried out throughout – and that materials are not released for use, nor products released for sale or supply, until their quality has been confirmed to be satisfactory.

Softgel capsule fills often present a difficult matrix to assay however, we specialise in the analytical testing of both softgels and their composite ingredients and have the following techniques available in-house:

• High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
• Gas Chromatography (GC)
• Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES)
• Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
• Ultra violet-visible spectroscopy (UV/Vis).
• Disintegration testing
• Pharmacopoeial methods

We offer method validation and verification services, full analytical service and provide advice on and services to carry out stability studies.

Whatever your requirements – whether Vitamin, Mineral, Nutraceutical, Pharmaceutical, Microbiological or Fatty Acid Analysis – we and our network of partner ISO/IEC 17025 accredited subcontract laboratories from across the UK, work hard to achieve the high standards and integrity that our customers both demand and expect.

Engineering

In 2015, we acquired our tooling manufacturer and from that day, we have invested in and developed the business to perfectly compliment and service our softgel manufacture. From the facility in South Wales and with over 10 years experience, we manufacture high quality, precision engineering equipment for the manufacture of soft gelatin capsules, which are vital to ensuring the EuroCaps softgel product is of the highest quality available.
The continued development, capability improvement and high standard of precision engineering at EuroCaps Engineering are key factors in the continued development of EuroCaps’ capabilities. The EuroCaps Engineering team are involved in many of the aspects of product design and manufacture and their input plays a vital role in maintaining the extremely high quality of EuroCaps softgels.
We are also able to manufacture bespoke encapsulation dies of various shapes and sizes (or indeed any other bespoke softgel equipment) in house, which provides great flexibility and control in softgel projects and is another good reason to consider EuroCaps for softgel manufacture.