2019 GRMA Summit

August 5-7, 2019

Sheraton Suites Chicago O’Hare
6501 Mannheim Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018

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2019 GRMA Summit

Monday, August 5, 2019
11am – 6pm Registration Open
Noon – 3:30pm GRMA Governance Board Meeting
Noon – 3:30pm Joint Committee – Dietary Supplements
This is a formal meeting of the DS Joint Committee.
6:45pm – 8:00pm Dinner (on your own)
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
7 – 8am Registration and breakfast
8 – 8:15am Welcome (Plenary)
8:15 – 9:00am GRMA – “State of the Union” (Plenary) 
Learn about all of the amazing things the GRMA has been engaged in over the last year and what’s in store for the future!
9:00 – 9:30am Consumer Goods Forum Speaker – Gillian Kelleher, Wegman’s/CGF Board & Rishi Banerjee, CGF (Plenary)
Hear an update on the activity of the CGF and update on non-food activity, including how the GRMA is working in this arena
9:30 – 10:15am Retailer Panel: Rolling out of 455-standards (Plenary)
Retailers: Betsy Crater, Wegmans; Julia Love, WBA; Ella Riggs, Whole Foods; David Trosin, NSF; Paul Damaren, SAI Global
Hear how retailers are rolling out the 455-standards to their supplier base and how the CB’s are getting ready.
10:15 – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:45am Breakout Session

  1. Joint Committee – OTC-1
    This is a formal meeting of the OTC Joint Committee. This will carry over to the 1:30pm breakout session, titled OTC-2.
  2. Learning Session IEmerging Regulatory Issues
    Hear about regulatory issues that impact the retail industry: CBD (DEA and FDA issues), cosmetics regulation, OTC drug GMP inspections, the interface between FDA and FTC on labeling and advertising (e.g. natural), and other topics of interest.
  3. Learning session II – GRMA Annual Industry Report Card
    This will be an interactive session on the creation of an annual industry “report card” utilizing the meta-data gained from our audit platform, along with FDA and other available data.
11:45am – 12:45pm Lunch (main room)
12:45 – 1:30pm Panel Discussion: (Plenary) Social Responsibility & Ethical Sourcing Standard Development
Moderator: Christine Summers, Costco.
Hear from a diverse group of industry stakeholders on the need for development of a social and ethical standard.
1:30 – 2:45pm Breakout Session

  1. Joint Committee – OTC- 2
    This is a continuation of the formal meeting of the OTC Joint Committee.
  2. Learning Session I – Strategies for dealing with the trade war.
    Hear details about exclusion processes, issues regarding managing the financial cost of the tariffs, (e.g. classification, valuation, using legitimate 3rd parties in a transaction to reduce the invoice value, legitimately changing country of origin, etc.)
  3. Learning Session II – GRMA Pilot Projects
    Hear from participants in the 2018 GRMA 455-standard pilot audits.
2:45 – 3:00pm Break
3:15 – 4:30pm Breakout Session

  1. Joint Committee – COS-1
    This is a formal meeting of the COS Joint Committee. This will carry over to the Wednesday 9:15am breakout session, titled COS-2.
  2. Learning Session I – The intersection of Customs with FDA and other governmental agencies
    Learn about managing broker relationships, what you should/should not use your brokers for, verification of suppliers, what importers should do, making sure your foreign-sourced goods arrive on time, etc. Will include discussion of regulatory compliance obligations
  3. Learning Session II – GRMA Annual Industry Report Card
    This will be an interactive session on the creation of an annual industry “report card” utilizing the meta-data gained from our audit platform, along with FDA and other available data.
5:30 – 6:15pm Networking Reception
6:15 – 7:30pm Dinner
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
7:15 – 8:15am Breakfast
8:15 – 9:15am Panel Discussion: CBD GMP Standards (Plenary)
Learn about the rapidly evolving issues around this fast-growing category and the development of GMP standards for CBD products
Alan Perlman, NSF Moderator; Duffy MacKay, CV Sciences; Robert Rhodes, NSF; Ben England, England Law Group; Hess Moallem, formerly of Charlotte’s Webb
9:15 – 10:30am Breakout Session

  1. Joint Committee – COS-2
    This is a continuation of the formal meeting of the COS Joint Committee from Tuesday.
  2. Learning Session I – Emerging Regulatory Issues
    Hear about regulatory issues that impact the retail industry: CBD (DEA and FDA issues), cosmetics regulation, OTC drug GMP inspections, the interface between FDA and FTC on labeling and advertising (e.g. natural), and other topics of interest.
  3. Learning Session II – GRMA Pilot Projects
    Hear from participants in the 2018 GRMA 455-standard pilot audits.
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:45am Membership Meeting Breakouts

Members of each classification will meet to discuss the issues that are pertinent to them and how they think the GRMA can develop strategy to deal with these issues effectively.

  1. Manufacturers – Moderated by Allyn Shultis, First Quality, GRMA Board Treasurer
  2. Retailers – Moderated by Ella Riggs, Whole Foods, GRMA Board Member
  3. CB’s – Moderated by Mike Finamore, Gemini Pharma, GRMA Board President
  4. Associates – Moderated by Randy Slikkers, GRMA CEO
11:45 – 12:45pm Lunch – GRMA Award Ceremony
See who is honored for their contributions to the GRMA over the past year.
12:45 – 1:00pm Membership Meeting Report-backs (Plenary)
A representative from each of the breakouts reports on the ideas and issues discussed.
1:00 – 1:45pm China Tariffs (Plenary)
Hear an update on the China tariffs, the US-China trade war, and its effect on consumer products, See projections as to the long-term and near-term impact of the US-China trade war on consumable goods.
1:45 – 2:00pm Summit Wrap-up
2:15 – 4:15pm Medical Device Standard Development Workgroup Meeting
This is a meeting of the Medical Device Standard Development Workgroup and is open to any stakeholder wishing to contribute to the standard development. Discussion will also be held on timing and participants to form a MD Joint Committee.

GRMA is proud to highlight our 2019 Summit Sponsors

We are excited to again host the GRMA annual Summit in Chicago on August 5 – 7! Please join us to hear the latest information on a multitude of ongoing projects dedicated to increasing quality and safety throughout the supply chain. In addition to the informational and learning sessions, there will be ample time to network among our membership of major retailers, manufacturers, certification bodies, trade associations, and many other additional stakeholders. In addition, the Joint Committees on Dietary Supplements, Cosmetics, Over the Counter Drugs, and Medical Devices will be meeting during the Summit.

Here is a sample of some of the key information you will learn about:

GRMA State of the Union
Attendees will learn of the progress GRMA has made in its Certified Program Ownership system! Learn about the entire audit integrity program, and how the NSF/ANSI 455 Standards are being implemented, along with future growth and development opportunities.

Panel Discussion: Social and Ethical Standard Development
Hear from industry leaders on the drive towards the development of Social and Ethical standards.

Panel Discussion: Retail Industry Leaders
Discussion on the impact of the implementation of the GRMA standards, followed by a question and answer period.

Awards/Recognition
Giving recognition to those who have played a major role in the formation and activity for GRMA and the Standards.

What’s on the Horizon
Learn about the future goals and objectives of the GRMA.

Going Global
International Update – what are next steps in developing global standards.

Featured Speakers
Hear Governmental and Industry leaders share their thoughts on current and future trends and issues.

2019 GRMA Summit

August 5-7, 2019

Sheraton Suites Chicago O’Hare
6501 Mannheim Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018

Before paying, check with your organization to see if your GRMA membership gives you free or discounted registration.

Register Now
Book Your Room Now

2019 GRMA Summit

Monday, August 5, 2019
11am – 6pm Registration Open
Noon – 3:30pm GRMA Governance Board Meeting
Noon – 3:30pm Joint Committee – Dietary Supplements
4:00pm – 6:30pm Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting
6:45pm – 8:00pm Dinner (at hotel)
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
7 – 8am Registration and breakfast
8 – 8:15am Welcome (Plenary)
8:15 – 9:15am GRMA – “State of the Union” (plenary)
9:15 – 10:15am CGF Speaker (Plenary)
10:15 – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:45am Breakout Session

  1. Joint Committee – OTC-1
  2. Learning session I
  3. Learning session II
11:45am – 12:45pm Lunch (main room)
12:45 – 1:30pm Speaker (Plenary) Social Responsibility
1:30 – 2:45pm Breakout Session

  1. Joint Committee – OTC-2
  2. Learning Session I
  3. Learning Session II
2:45 – 3:00pm Break
3:15 – 4:30pm Breakout Session

  1. Joint Committee – COS-1
  2. Learning Session I
  3. Learning Session II
5:30 – 6:15pm Networking Reception
6:15 – 7:30pm Dinner
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
7:15 – 8:15am Breakfast
8:15 – 9:15am Panel Discussion (Plenary)
9:15 – 10:30am Breakout Session

  1. Joint Committee – COS-2
  2. Learning Session I
  3. Learning Session II
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:45am Membership Meeting Breakouts

  1. Manufacturers
  2. Retailers
  3. CB’s
  4. Associates
11:45 – 12:45pm Lunch (GRMA Award Ceremony)
12:45 – 1:30pm Membership Meeting Report-backs (Plenary)
1:30 – 2:00pm Summit Wrap-up
2:15 – 5:15pm Joint Committee – MD

GRMA is proud to highlight our 2019 Summit Sponsors

We are excited to again host the GRMA annual Summit in Chicago on August 5 – 7! Please join us to hear the latest information on a multitude of ongoing projects dedicated to increasing quality and safety throughout the supply chain. In addition to the informational and learning sessions, there will be ample time to network among our membership of major retailers, manufacturers, certification bodies, trade associations, and many other additional stakeholders. In addition, the Joint Committees on Dietary Supplements, Cosmetics, Over the Counter Drugs, and Medical Devices will be meeting during the Summit.

Here is a sample of some of the key information you will learn about:

GRMA State of the Union
Attendees will learn of the progress GRMA has made in its Certified Program Ownership system! Learn about the entire audit integrity program, and how the NSF/ANSI 455 Standards are being implemented, along with future growth and development opportunities.

Panel Discussion: Social and Ethical Standard Development
Hear from industry leaders on the drive towards the development of Social and Ethical standards.

Panel Discussion: Retail Industry Leaders
Discussion on the impact of the implementation of the GRMA standards, followed by a question and answer period.

Awards/Recognition
Giving recognition to those who have played a major role in the formation and activity for GRMA and the Standards.

What’s on the Horizon
Learn about the future goals and objectives of the GRMA.

Going Global
International Update – what are next steps in developing global standards.

Featured Speakers
Hear Governmental and Industry leaders share their thoughts on current and future trends and issues.