Many major retailers, manufacturers, trade associations and certification bodies are working together as the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) to develop consensus-based American National Standards for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) in several industries. The GRMA expects to finalize and publish a single, industry accepted auditing standard for dietary supplement GMPs in 2nd quarter 2018.
Strengthening safety, quality and trust throughout the supply chain
Ensuring consistency and proper training of auditors
Reducing the number of audits and financial costs associated with audits
Combining regulatory requirements and retailer quality requirements
The GRMA is also developing similar standards for cosmetics/personal care products, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and medical devices.
NSF International, an ANSI-accredited standards development organization (SDO), is facilitating the ANSI standards development process on behalf of the GRMA.
All certifying bodies will be able to certify to the new GRMA standards.
The GRMA is using the ANSI standards development process to develop unique GMP audits that include audit requirements, audit processes and requirements for certification bodies. The GRMA is also developing standards to address other aspects of the supply chain, including ingredients/raw materials, warehouse and distribution, and packaging and labeling.
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