iHerb initiated the creation of an International Research Center at RUDN University

Moscow, 9 November 2021 of the year – One of the world's largest vitamin retailers, Nutritional supplements and products for a healthy lifestyle iHerb signed an agreement with RUDN University, one of the leading Russian universities, on the creation of an International Innovative Research Center for Quality Control and Expert Research of Dietary Supplements. The signing was attended by the General Director of iHerb in Russia Ilya Mikin and the rector of RUDN University Oleg Yastrebov.

The center will become a new source of scientific expertise in the food supplement market, vitamin complexes, cosmetics and will strengthen the basis for creating a regulatory system for this market in Russia. Cooperation will last 3 of the year. All this time, iHerb will finance the activities of the innovation center and provide it with the resources necessary for its work.. The tasks of the research center include:

● Product quality monitoring, presented on the website.

● Joint applied research in the production of dietary supplements.

● Promotion of effective requirements of technical regulations in the production of dietary supplements.

● Promotion of effective and creation of new dietary supplements.

● Ensuring state registration of dietary supplements, meeting the requirements of technical regulation, in RF and EU countries.

● Development of professional recommendations for consumers on the use and selection of dietary supplements.

It is also planned to create a single authoritative information resource for citizens with up-to-date information about dietary supplements., as well as conduct joint scientific and practical events with the involvement of Russian and international companies.

Ilya Mikin, CEO of iHerb in Russia:

“iHerb considers Russia one of the most promising and interesting markets. We have repeatedly announced our intention to transfer a significant part of the assets here., and cooperation with RUDN – this is another step towards deep localization. We are grateful to the representatives of the government of the Russian Federation, RUDN and RAS for supporting our initiative and intend to actively develop it. It will not only become a source of new scientific knowledge, but will also increase the investment attractiveness of a healthy lifestyle, and in the future will help to increase the life expectancy of people in Russia, and all over the world”.

RUDN University Rector Oleg Yastrebov:

“RUDN and iHerb – global organizations, which are known in more than 180 countries. Our cooperation will increase the level of trust in unfamiliar brands and help buyers make a choice in a situation of a wide range of offers.. Our experts will conduct research on the composition and quality of the products of those brands, which will be presented by iHerb in Russia. At the first stage, these are vitamin complexes, cosmetical tools, products for a healthy lifestyle.

Previously, we have already carried out similar examinations for various companies., we have the appropriate equipment and experience. Now, within the framework of cooperation, we are creating a laboratory “full cycle”, in which specific products can go through the stages from hypothesis testing to real production. In perspective – promotion of products of Russian manufacturers to the international market through the iHerb platform”.


IHerb was founded in 1996 in the USA. The iHerb assortment includes vitamin complexes, nutritional supplements, products for vegetarians, people with special nutritional needs, cosmetics, personal hygiene products, goods for the house and for animals. More than 30 000 goods from 1200 producers.


Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN, RUDN University) – leading Russian university, ranked 317th among the best educational institutions around the world in the QS ranking. It is the most international university in the country – students from 160 countries. RUDN is engaged in research in the field of chemistry, physics, medicine, biology and many other sciences. Experiments and expertise take place in 240 laboratories and scientific centers. Big data is processed on our own supercomputer.

Press release courtesy of IHerb Press Service

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