NSF International and the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) have signed an agreement for NSF International to serve as a certifying body providing audits to GRMA member suppliers. The agreement is the culmination of conversations that began between the two organizations at the founding of the GRMA in 2014.
“Since the GRMA’s inception, the goal has been to standardize the metrics for evaluating compliance across the supply chain,” said David Trosin, managing director of health sciences certification at NSF International. “With the finalization of the three standards for dietary supplements, cosmetics/personal care products and over-the-counter drug products, NSF International is now poised to complete audits to the various standards used in the development of the GRMA certification program.
“The GRMA has made great strides in increasing efficiencies and reducing costs for its members by identifying costly inconsistencies across the various conformance standards required by multiple manufacturers and developing a single, more comprehensive harmonized standard,” continued Trosin. “This will have a significant positive impact on manufacturers by reducing the number of audits and total audit days. As a result, manufacturers can look forward to as little as one audit per site per year, with results accepted by any GRMA member.”
The GRMA has developed a certification program to harmonize multiple standards in three product categories, defining a consistent approach for good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for manufacturers. The certification program utilizes the NSF/ANSI 455 standards that encompass relevant regulations, retailer requirements and industry best practices. The applicable regulations serve as a baseline for each standard.
The GRMA will centralize the resultant data for its members, to further alleviate duplication of effort and streamline data flow for members.“The GRMA is excited to expand our collaboration within industry and are especially thankful for the support NSF International has provided to GRMA since its inception,” said GRMA Chairman Mike Finamore.
“NSF International has demonstrated a commitment to raising the bar for the industry and has helped the GRMA establish a certification program focused on consumer safety and trust,” added Allyn Shultis, GRMA Treasurer.