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 Director of GRMA said, “The GRMA has been focused on meeting the global benchmark (GFSI Scope K) for dietary supplements for several years. Achieving this milestone significantly enhances our Dietary Supplement GMP certification program, benefiting our members, auditees, and advancing our mission to elevate quality standards in the health and wellness industry. This recognition is more than a testament to the integrity of our program; it embodies our collective commitment to the safety and well-being of consumers worldwide.”

Lalaina Randriamanantsoa, GFSI Senior Technical Manager said, “I am excited about this new addition to the list of GFSI recognised Certification Programmes for scope K: Global Retailer & Manufacturer Alliance, Inc Certification Program v1.2. The certification programme owner (CPO) demonstrated consistent willingness to align with GFSI Benchmarking requirements v2020 throughout the process. I am delighted to count GRMA amongst the GFSI recognised CPOs, bringing expertise from their specific industry sector.”

About the GFSI Benchmarking Process
Benchmarking is a procedure by which a food safety Certification Programme Owner (CPO) is compared to the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements. The process is designed to be executed in an independent, unbiased, technically proficient and transparent manner. A programme is ‘recognised’ by GFSI when it has been verified that it meets every single GFSI Benchmarking Requirement, both in procedures and in operations. An independent benchmark leader, supported by the GFSI Technical Manager, assesses whether the application meets GFSI requirements, followed by a public consultation period that is open to all GFSI Stakeholders. The benchmark leader and GFSI Technical Manager then make a recommendation to the GFSI Steering Committee regarding recognition of the programme. The full process is defined in the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements document.

About the Global Food Safety Initiative
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI; the Coalition) is a CEO-led Coalition of Action from The Consumer Goods Forum, bringing together 42 retailers and manufacturers and an extended food safety community to help oversee food safety standards for businesses and help provide access to safe food for people everywhere. As one of the world’s largest networks to help achieve safe food , GFSI is committed to making food safety everyone’s business and the Coalition members are addressing challenges facing food safety systems in their supply chains and the markets they operate in, and are helping to raise the food safety bar globally. Its ambition is to strengthen and harmonise food safety systems so they are able to feed the growing, global population and develop markets that can deliver food safely, no matter where in the world the consumer is. To learn more, visit www.mygfsi.com.

For further information, contact the GFSI Team, The Consumer Goods Forum: GFSINFO@theconsumergoodsforum.com.

About GRMA
The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) is a nonprofit, member-driven organization that focuses on the Health & Wellness sector. Collaboration and credibility are at the core of the GRMA’s efforts. The GRMA’s main goal is to ensure that consumers have access to safe, high-quality products. This drives our organization to advance global quality & safety standards together, develop worldclass programs that utilize category specific consensus-based quality and product safety requirements. For more information about the GRMA’s work in Dietary Supplements, Cosmetics, Over-the-Counter Drugs, and more, visit https://grmalliance.org/.