Arizona-based HealthLOQ has announced that Alkemist Labs (Garden Grove, CA) is the first analytical testing laboratory serving the natural products industry to fully protect their certificates of analysis (COAs) against counterfeits and unauthorized tampering using HealthLOQ’s document protection software. In addition to ongoing tests and certificates, Alkemist Labs has protected the entirety of its almost 300,000 historical COAs from would-be bad actors, while protecting client confidentiality. Retailers, regulators, consumers or any other interested party are now able to verify in seconds if a given document is the unaltered, original Alkemist COA.
HealthLOQ leverages zero-knowledge proof, blockchain and cryptography technologies to enable the protection and validation of digital documents without breaching confidentiality requirements, according to the company. Original, authentic documents are processed through an irreversible one-way encryption within the Alkemist Labs server environment, resulting in a unique “digital fingerprint” of the document. This digital fingerprint is then stored on an unalterable blockchain ledger and is perpetually available for comparison against the digital fingerprint of any purported authentic documents that have been processed by the same encryption algorithm.
The HealthLOQ authentication service is non-disruptive to existing workflows, automated and preserves the privacy and proprietary nature of each document.
“Our transparency in including the relevant test methods with each C of A had made us particularly vulnerable to document counterfeiting over the years,” said Elan Sudberg, CEO of Alkemist Labs. “It’s a risk we had to take to push the needle on transparency, but we’ve been fighting bad actors who altered and misused those documents. HealthLOQ’s program helps protect both us and our customers.”
“We are proud to partner with Alkemist Labs to help establish the Alkemist COA as the industry-leading standard of integrity and digital passport that can help protect brands, retailers and consumers against counterfeits and adulteration,” added HealthLOQ CEO Derek Lurth. “Alkemist has once again differentiated itself as a pioneer of trust, transparency and quality in the natural products industry.”