The GOED Voluntary Monograph has served as the industry definition of quality since 2002. The standard was developed by the members of the Omega-3 Working Group at the Council for Responsible Nutrition, which was the predecessor to GOED. The Monograph was developed to help ensure that omega-3 oils reaching consumers were both safe and of high quality. The companies that participated in developing the Monograph incorporated the strictest quality and purity standards from regulations around the world, which ensured that any oil manufactured to the Monograph standards could be sold around the world.
The Monograph's last major update was in November 2015, with a number of small corrections and updates since then. The update included oils previously not covered in the scope of the monograph such as cod liver oils and flavored oils. GOED asked members for input on the proposed changes in August 2013. The GOED board considered the feedback and decided that the Monograph should focus on oxidation, contaminants, and the measurement of EPA and DHA for all oils in the market. All other parameters are included in a Guidance Document appended to the Monograph, which is not binding for members but is designed to provide assistance on other technical and quality topics. GOED's Technical Committee is in charge of drafting this document.
The Guidance Documents are also designed to assist members in finding adequate analytical testing methods and working with various types of oils. (If you would like to see historical Technical Guidance Documents please email GOED.
These standards are actually more strict than any single regulation in the world and helps to ensure consumers have access to high quality product. We encourage all companies to market and manufacture omega-3 products that meet these standards as a minimum. GOED's randomized testing program has found that members' products consistently passed the requirements necessary to meet the monograph standards. GOED is planning to expand the use of the GOED Proud Member Logo to consumer packaging once we have completed additional randomized product testing.