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

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Katie Bergmann, AOAC Communications Manager
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240-801-8657

Allyn Shultis, GRMA Executive Director
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(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|

UL Recognized as a Licensed Certification Body for the GRMA Certification Program

With UL’s active participation in the ANAB – GRMA pilot accreditation program, UL has been recognized by the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) as one of the first qualified and licensed certification bodies for the GRMA certification scheme. The GRMA is a nonprofit Certification Program Owner (CPO) that focuses on the governance of safety and quality system standards for consumer-packaged goods, specifically those related to nonfood products regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Read more on UL.

2020-10-12T18:26:43-04:00October 12, 2020|News|

TIC Council Announce Memorandum of Understanding with the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance

18 September 2020, Washington, DC – The TIC Council Americas announces that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed with the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) to allow for the sharing of information and collaborations on projects of mutual interest to TIC Council and GRMA members.

Through the MOU, GRMA also recognizes the TIC Council Compliance program as meeting certain requirements of the GRMA trusted partner program – allowing full members of TIC Council to save time and resources when applying for recognition from GRMA as a [Read more]

2020-09-18T16:21:15-04:00September 18, 2020|Press Releases|

The GRMA Appoints New Executive Director

The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) Governance Board is pleased to announce Allyn Shultis as their new Executive Director.  Previously, Allyn was the GRMA Board Treasurer, and as a Director of Technical Services at First Quality, he was a key contributor to the NSF/ANSI 455 Standards development process.

“The transition from a Board Position to the full-time leadership position was an inevitable progression for Allyn. His leadership and attention to detail makes him the perfect person to carry our mission forward,” says Mike Finamore Chairman of GRMA.

Since accepting the Executive Director [Read more]

2020-09-17T20:59:56-04:00September 17, 2020|News, Press Releases|

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.

Read more on Vita Foods Insights website.

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

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