One for all: A deep dive into new GRMA standards

GRMA harmonizes standards for dietary supplements, over-the-counter drugs and personal care products.

David Trosin | May 25, 2020

In the rapidly-changing world of retail, one challenge has been consistent: the complexity of compliance. Prior to the introduction of the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) NSF/ANSI 455 standards, safety and quality criteria varied across retailers, creating an ungainly (and for some smaller manufacturers, impossible) web of expectations and requirements in assessing Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for entire aisles of consumer products.

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2020-06-02T11:26:36-04:00June 2, 2020|News|

Brian Sharoff, president of PLMA, dies at 77

Since 1981, not long after the organization began, Brian Sharoff served as president of the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA). He died May 23 after a brief illness.

Over his nearly four decades leading the association, he oversaw its tremendous growth. The Private Label Trade Show in Chicago, for example, began in 1980, growing from an event with around 50 exhibitor booths to a massive event with 3,000 booths, thousands more in attendees, educational sessions and networking events.

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2020-05-28T09:02:11-04:00May 28, 2020|News|

Gemini Pharmaceuticals Donates Over 7,000 N95 Respirator Masks to Mask a Hero NY

COMMACK, NY (April 15, 2020 ) — Gemini Pharmaceuticals, a family-owned manufacturer of dietary supplements and OTC pharmaceuticals based on Long Island, has worked with Mask A Hero NY to donate over 7000 N-95 style respirator masks to hospitals through Long Island and New York City.

New York State is currently epicenter of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) at the area hospitals is critically low. In partnering with Mask A Hero NY, Gemini Pharmaceuticals has donated over 7000 N95 respirator masks to the New York [Read more]

2020-05-06T16:33:31-04:00May 6, 2020|News|

First Quality Group Supports First Responders

The GRMA would like to acknowledge the First Quality Group for their significant support of first responders and those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. First Quality has made significant product and/or financial contributions to organizations like the Red Cross, local food banks, diaper banks, and hospitals within the US and Canada.

For additional details please see: https://www.firstquality.com/en/Content/press-releases/first-quality-makes-donations-in-support-of-pandemic-relief

2020-05-06T16:30:32-04:00May 6, 2020|News|

GRMA Digest: Q1/Q2 2020

Introduction:
Welcome to our inaugural GRMA Digest.  We have kicked off 2020 with several changes and wanted to share our new address as well as a number of updates with our members and followers.  The GRMA views the Digest as a critical way of keeping our members informed with the organizations progress and available member benefits.  Additionally, the GRMA has hand selected a few key pieces of news articles/industry events and educational Webinars that are influencing the Health & Wellness category.

New Address & Phone # 
Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance, [Read more]

2020-04-04T15:15:31-04:00April 4, 2020|News|

ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) Launches Accreditation Program for Global Retail and Manufacturer Alliance Certification

ANAB Accepting Pilot Accreditation Program Applications from February 12-April 12, 2020

New York, February 7, 2020: The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), a wholly owned subsidiary of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has launched a new pilot accreditation program for the Global Retail and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) certification scheme. The scheme focuses on a wide range of non-food product categories, including dietary supplements, consumer products, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, cosmetics, and personal care products.

ANAB’s accreditation program will operate in accordance with [Read more]

2020-02-17T18:24:07-05:00February 17, 2020|News, Press Releases|

January, 10 2020 – GRMA Governance Board Organizational Announcements:

Departure of Randy Slikkers

Randy has been the GRMA’s CEO/Executive Director for the last two years, was a key driver with establishing the GRMA as a non-profit organization and we wish him luck with his pursuit of other opportunities outside of the GRMA. The GRMA would like to thank Randy for his contributions and leadership over the last two years and is appreciative of Randy’s guidance to the board, direction over the annual summit, and key contributions with both the pilot audit program and certification scheme. The [Read more]

2020-01-11T14:17:37-05:00January 11, 2020|News|

Medical Device/Consumer Product Protocol Workgroup

GRMA is in the process of developing a Medical Device/Consumer Product (MD/CP) Standard. Our goal is to utilize a group of key industry stakeholders that represent the MD/CP sector to develop the standard over the remainder of 2019 and into the first quarter of 2020. Our strategy is to create a standard based on product risk that would encompass consumer goods, making the potential for true global acceptance. The GRMA will then adapt this standard into its array of audit schemes. This process is known as the “protocol method”. This [Read more]

2019-09-09T16:34:39-04:00September 9, 2019|News|

Panel Discussion: CBD Product Standard Development

Panel Discussion: CBD Product Standard Development: Alan Perlman (NSF) moderated a panel discussion of industry leaders at the GRMA Summit which centered around the complexities of the industry in relation to developing GMP Standards. Key discussion points included the need to connect GRMA with current GMP standard development activity by the industry. The question was raised as to the need to develop an entirely new standard or the potential to adopt the 455-2 Dietary Supplement Standard. Also discussed was the difficulty of working around the inclusion of hemp in the [Read more]

2019-09-11T17:45:38-04:00September 9, 2019|News|

GRMA Invited to Benchmark Dietary Supplement GMP Audit Scheme Program

For Immediate Release:

Washington, DC, August 12, 2019: The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) is excited to announce it has been invited by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) to have its Dietary Supplement (DS) GMP Audit Scheme program benchmarked as part of their safe foods initiative. This will be the first Dietary Supplement Audit Scheme that GFSI has invited to start the benchmarking application process.

The GFSI is composed of the world’s leading food safety experts from retail, manufacturing and food service companies, as well as [Read more]

2019-09-09T16:32:53-04:00August 13, 2019|News, Press Releases|