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GRMA Announces New Board Members

Adora Parker and Neshat Soofi join GRMA Governance Board

June 2, 2022



KING OF PRUSSIA, PA. – The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) announced Adora Parker from Dollar Tree/Family Dollar Stores and Neshat Soofi from JIT Experts Hive as the newest members of its diverse and talented Governance Board.

“We’re thrilled to add Adora and Neshat to the board,” said GRMA Board President Mike Finamore. “Adora’s extensive experience in compliance and quality assurance, along with Neshat’s background in just-in-time supply chain management, deepen our roots in those key business [Read more]

2022-06-07T09:06:50-04:00June 1, 2022|Press Releases|

Walgreens Brand Vitamins and Supplements Become First to Carry UL Verified Mark

UL’s Marketing Claim Verification Mark on Walgreens brand vitamins and supplements packaging demonstrates to consumers that ingredients are as listed on the Nutritional and Supplement Facts panels.

NORTHBROOK, Ill., May 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — UL, a global safety science leader, today announced that Walgreens, an integrated healthcare pharmacy and retail leader, has earned a UL Verified Mark. This year, the UL Verified Mark will begin appearing on Walgreens brand vitamins and supplements. Ingredients listed on the product’s nutritional or supplement facts panel are now verified by UL – the first time the [Read more]

2022-06-01T11:05:19-04:00June 1, 2022|Press Releases|

New Study Demonstrates CBD’s Strong Safety Profile, Amplifies Calls for FDA Regulation

Observational Data Collected On Long-term Consumption of Oral CBD Shows No Correlation To Safety Issues Raised by FDA

A recently released, comprehensive safety study confirms prior research that orally-ingested cannabidiol (CBD) has a strong safety profile, providing data that addresses FDA’s specific safety concerns regarding CBD, with the results indicating that daily consumption across a range of typical retail products and serving sizes is not associated with elevated liver tests, low testosterone levels, or daytime drowsiness. The results renew calls from the hemp and [Read more]

2022-05-31T10:19:36-04:00May 31, 2022|News|

Trust Transparency Center Rewards Best in Class Supplement Contract Manufacturing

Transparency-driving organization unveils 2022 TRUSTYs award winners

SPRING, TexasApril 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Trust Transparency Center (TTC), the strategy and insights firm serving the dietary supplement and natural products industry, announced the winners of its first annual TRUSTYs awards. The TRUSTYs award is the culmination of efforts by Trust Transparency Center to develop a database of contract manufacturer capabilities, expertise, and their track record in market. The 2022 ‘Traditional Format’ award is going to Gemini Pharmaceuticals, and Smart Cups won for the [Read more]

2022-04-19T11:14:43-04:00April 19, 2022|News|

NSF Collaborates with Wegmans to Launch “Verified with Confidence” Program for Dietary Supplements  

All supplements, herbals, probiotics, and CBD products sold at 106 Wegmans stores to be reviewed and tested by NSF 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (April 12, 2022) Global public health organization NSF is collaborating with Wegmans Food Markets to launch its Verified with Confidence program for all dietary supplements, herbals, probiotics, and CBD-containing products sold at Wegmans. “We have been concerned about inconsistent requirements in testing standards in the supplement industry,” said Karen Shadders, Wegmans Vice President of Health and Well-being. “Our Verified with Confidence program allows us to [Read more]

2022-04-18T15:23:13-04:00April 15, 2022|News|

AOAC INTERNATIONAL and Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance Announce New Partnership to Advance Product Safety Goals

Media Contacts
Katie Bergmann, AOAC Communications Manager

Allyn Shultis, GRMA Executive Director
(610) 945-1797


Rockville, Maryland, January 24, 2022 – AOAC INTERNATIONAL (AOAC) and the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in December 2021. This MOU establishes a strategic partnership to help advance their shared goals around consumer product safety standards.

AOAC is an association of government, industry, and academic leaders in analytical science. Its primary goal is to develop standards that ensure food safety and integrity. GRMA shares the same goals for advancing quality standards in health [Read more]

2022-01-21T15:48:49-05:00January 24, 2022|Press Releases|

The GRMA (Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance) Partners with IPA (International Probiotics Association) to Create Unique Quality and Safety Standards for Probiotics

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (December 6, 2021) – The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) announced a new partnership with industry leader International Probiotics Association (IPA). Together, the GRMA and IPA will establish a Probiotics Working group set to harmonize GMP requirements for probiotic dietary supplements.

George Paraskevakos, IPA Executive Director, shares, “Harmonized certification for probiotics is much needed. Probiotics are a unique category and need to be treated as such when they are being manufactured as finished products. Increasing quality standards through a certification program will ensure consumers and healthcare [Read more]

2021-12-06T18:03:45-05:00December 6, 2021|Press Releases|

Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance Selects Intact to Develop “GRMAuditsphere” Auditing Platform

GRMAuditsphere serves the global dietary supplements, cosmetics, and OTC drug products industry as a portal for all information related to certifications, auditors, and audit results. 

Pennsylvania, USA (Nov 02, 2021) – The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) has announced the selection of Intact to develop and advance the GRMAuditsphere – the global product safety and quality management system developed by the GRMA. Along with the GRMA certification program, GRMAuditsphere serves the worldwide dietary supplements, cosmetics, and OTC industry as the repository of all relevant data related to audits and certification.

The new GRMAuditsphere is [Read more]

2021-11-01T10:08:42-04:00November 1, 2021|Press Releases|

The GRMA Announces Board Members Updates

New board members bring fresh perspectives to advancing quality and safety standards

Pennsylvania, October 19, 2021: The Global Retail and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) is excited to announce the appointment of two new board members, Holly Korteway with Perrigo and Jeff Brams with Garden of Life.

In addition to Board responsibilities, Holly will also serve on the GRMA Technical Committee. Jeff will chair the soon-to-launch GRMA Scientific Review Committee.

GRMA Board Director Norma Jean Despain shares, “We are excited to have Holly and Jeff join the Board of Directors. Their expertise and knowledge in [Read more]

2021-10-18T17:14:55-04:00October 18, 2021|Press Releases|

ANAB Completes Highly-Anticipated GRMA Pilot Accreditation Program

Pennsylvania, March 17, 2021: The Global Retail and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) announced today the successful completion of the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) pilot accreditation program. This pilot, which concluded at the end of February, focused on providing accreditation to third-party certification bodies (CBs) to the GRMA Master Certification Program Document.

The scope(s) and standards of this accreditation extend to the following health and wellness categories:

  • Dietary Supplements – NSF/ANSI 455-2-2018 Good Manufacturing Practices for Dietary Supplements
  • Cosmetics / Personal Care Products – NSF/ANSI 455-3-2018 Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics
  • [Read more]

2021-03-17T08:22:20-04:00March 17, 2021|News, Press Releases|


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