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GRMA, Inc Certification Program v1.2 Gains GFSI Recognition

Paris and King of Prussia, 14 May 2024 – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), The Consumer Goods Forum’s Coalition of Action on food safety, and Global Retailer & Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) are pleased to announce that GRMA, Inc Certification Program v1.2, NSF/ANSI 455-2 Dietary Supplements has successfully achieved recognition against GFSI Benchmarking Requirements v2020. The recognition encompasses GFSI Scope K – Production of (Bio) Chemicals and Bio-Cultures Used as Food Ingredients or Processing Aids in Food Production. The GFSI Steering Committee took this decision on 6 May 2024.

Allyn Shultis, Executive [Read more]

2024-06-21T18:26:04-04:00May 14, 2024|Press Releases|

Agreement of Cooperation: Global Retailer & Manufacturer Alliance & American Council of Independent Laboratories

GRMA & ACIL commitment to collaboration, advances dietary supplement product integrity, promoting scientific creditability and inclusion.

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA, UNITED STATES, May 7, 2024 / An agreement of cooperation has been reached between the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance Inc (GRMA) and the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL).

Both organizations have an underlying commitment to collaboration, inclusion and promoting scientific creditability amongst our members and the broader industry. The purpose of this agreement is to establish the terms and conditions under which the two organizations will work [Read more]

2024-06-21T18:26:05-04:00May 7, 2024|Press Releases|

Eurofins Attains Full Accreditation as a GRMA Certification Body

Eurofins is the latest major international group to be fully accredited under GRMA’s Health & Wellness GMP Certification Program for Dietary Supplements, Cosmetics, and Over-the-counter Drugs.

April 2, 2024


KING OF PRUSSIA, PA. – Eurofins Food Assurance US, a member of the Eurofins Scientific Group – the Luxembourg-based international group of life science companies, is the latest Accredited Certification Body (CB) to partner with the Global Retail and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA).

Eurofins Food Assurance is now a fully Accredited and Approved CB [Read more]

2024-06-21T18:26:06-04:00April 2, 2024|Press Releases|

Announcing our 2022 and 2023 Award Winners

It is with great pleasure that we announce and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our dedicated members and representatives from member organizations. Each year, we have the privilege of acknowledging exemplary contributions that advance quality and safety standards in the health and wellness industry, and today, we are thrilled to introduce the award winners for both 2022 and 2023.

🏆 2022 Award Winners

GRMA Ambassador – George Paraskevakos (IPA)

George Paraskevakos, Executive Director of the International Probiotics Association (IPA), is the recipient of the 2022 GRMA Ambassador Award. George has played a crucial [Read more]

2024-06-21T18:26:08-04:00January 2, 2024|News|

Eurofins to Start GRMA’s Approved Certification Body Process

Eurofins is the latest major international group to participate in GRMA’s Health & Wellness GMP Certification Program for Dietary Supplements, Cosmetics, & Over the Counter Drugs.

January 18, 2023


KING OF PRUSSIA, PA. – Eurofins Food Assurance US a member of the Eurofins Scientific Group, the Luxembourg-based international group of life science companies, is the latest Authorized Certification Body (CB) to partner with the Global Retail and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA).

“We’re excited that the GRMA continues to attract globally respected organizations like Eurofins to [Read more]

2024-06-21T18:26:09-04:00January 18, 2023|Press Releases|

Verified with Confidence: Wegmans’ Commitment to Quality, Safety, and Transparency

Everything our food safety and quality assurance team does is done in the best interest of our customers. It’s with that goal in mind that we launched our Verified with Confidence program for all dietary supplement products sold at Wegmans.

Doing what’s right for our customers. That’s the single, simple, guiding principle that Wegmans’ food safety and quality assurance team lives by. Everything they do is done in the best interest of our customers, and to build on the quality, trust, and transparency they’ve come to expect from us.

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2024-06-21T18:26:10-04:00January 12, 2023|News|

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]

2024-06-21T18:26:11-04:00June 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]

2024-06-21T18:26:12-04:00June 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]

2024-06-21T18:26:13-04:00May 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]

2024-06-21T18:26:14-04:00April 19, 2022|News|
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