What Is the GRMA?
The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) is a nonprofit, independent Certification Program Owner (CPO) that’s member-driven and develops standards for the Health & Wellness Category.
The GRMA is committed to the development and use of a single, publicly accredited Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standard for each of the categories we serve:
- dietary supplements
- over-the-counter drugs
- consumer products
At the core of the GRMA are our members. Our members are made up of manufacturers, retailers, certification bodies, associations, and others within the industry. As we work towards advancing global safety standards, we believe the best way to achieve that is through collaboration.
It’s through our governance board and cross-functional partnerships that we create balanced standards that reflect the interests and goals of all parties – manufacturers, retailers, certification bodies, public health, and trade associations alike.
We believe that consumers have the right to safe, quality products. To achieve this, leaders from across the industry need to work together and establish voluntary, consensus standards.
Through our vision of advancing quality and safety standards together, we are committed to the following for our product categories:
- Promoting safety, quality, and trust throughout supply chains
- Creating win-win solutions that satisfy both regulatory and retailer quality requirements
- Authorizing and approving only fully qualified certification bodies to perform certification audits
- Reducing redundancies to free up capital and time for other priorities and initiatives
- Elevating the standards of audits and auditors so that retailers and manufacturers can trust the quality and integrity of the audit
The first step in our vision was developing a single standard for each category that’s publicly accredited, widely accepted, and uses the NSF/ANSI 455-Standards.
Our Primary Goals
When it comes to achieving our vision, we have four main goals:
1. Fiscal Sustainability
As a non-profit, we focus on maximizing benefits for our members and are committed to maintaining strong financial health and sustainability. This enables the GRMA to support both our members’ and the organization’s short and long-term goals.
The GRMA is unifying around a shared vision. Though our membership is diverse, we see our differences as strengths and it is this diversity that helps us develop and elevate quality and safety standards that provide win-win solutions for all.
3. Member Driven
We’re only as strong as our members are involved. It is through the continued contributions of our members that we can provide opportunities to help advance and create real change that promotes the greater good of the industry.
4. Strengthen Supply Chain Quality
Quality and safety begin in the supply chain. We are constantly looking for new ways to harmonize and advance requirements that strengthen credibility and trust with the supply chain.
Our Core Values
To help us reach our goals and vision, we uphold the following core values:
1. We’re dedicated to collaboration.
We’re a purpose-driven organization made up entirely of our passionate members who love what they do. No matter the initiative, we truly believe that we’re better together. We welcome members with a variety of experiences and know that the best solutions are created when we unite to achieve a common goal. As a result, we have a diverse group of members who provide unique views and expertise that strengthen technical rigors.
2. We champion credibility.
Whether it’s in our certification program or an ad hoc working group, we strive for outputs that are rigorous and high quality. We lean on experts, use best practices, and include scientific methods. We’re committed to achieving the utmost levels of dependability and trustworthiness.
We value servant-leadership and take it seriously. We seek to stay true to our word, keep a close pulse on the needs of our members, and hold ourselves accountable to our initiatives.
We exist to add value to our members through our programs, committees, and initiatives. Like our members, we’re looking forward, committed to continuously improving and pursuing new opportunities to advance quality standards.
Our Mission & Structure
We continuously look for ways to provide exceptional value to our members. One of the ways we do that is by strongly encouraging our members to join our council, committees, and task forces. This helps make sure we have the most diverse range of thoughts, ideas, and perspectives.
Here are the current areas our leadership and members can get involved in:
When asking, “What is the GRMA?,” look no further than our members. We’re a passionate group dedicated to upping the bar and ensuring that consumers continue to have access to safe, quality products.
If you’re ready to make a difference, we warmly invite you to become a member of the GRMA. Join us in advancing quality and safety standards within the Health & Wellness Category.