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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|

China Tariffs

Senior Customs Attorney Jessica Rifkin and CEO & Founder Ben England greatly appreciated the opportunity to speak and make new connections at this year’s GRMA Summit.  View the presentations below to learn how the current (and future) tariffs are impacting the three categories of the 455-Standards.

China Tariffs Presentation – GRMA

The Intersection of Customs with FDA and OGAs

Strategies for Dealing with the Trade War [Read more]

2019-09-09T16:37:11-04:00September 9, 2019|Press Releases|

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|

2019 GRMA Summit

For Immediate Release:

Washington, DC, July 19, 2019: The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) is excited to announce its Annual Summit in Chicago from August 5 – 7 at the Sheraton Suites Chicago O’Hare. The GRMA is a global nonprofit with members from most major retailers, manufacturers, trade associations and certification bodies. The alliance was formed to develop an auditing scheme that utilized consensus-based quality system standards for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) through the American National Standards process in several Non-Food related industries. Each year, the GRMA [Read more]

2019-07-24T15:19:56-04:00July 19, 2019|News, Press Releases|

Dietary Supplements Standardization – How ANSI is Striving for Safety and Quality

by Brad Kelechava

Many Americans depend upon dietary supplements to fortify their nutritional intake. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), “3 out of every 4 American consumers take a dietary supplement on a regular basis.” Unfortunately, the connection between the consumer and the benefits of dietary supplements isn’t always clear. In some cases, supplements have been found to contain ingredients that are harmful to consumers and in others unsubstantiated claims have been made about their ability to treat health conditions. All of this erodes consumer confidence in the [Read more]

2019-05-28T18:06:03-04:00March 25, 2019|News|

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