GRMA is the owner of a certification program which has developed good manufacturing practices (GMPs) in several health and wellness industries. They provide an additional layer of oversight to certification bodies. Talks between the organizations have been in place since 2014.
“Since the GRMA’s inception, the goal has been to standardize the metrics for evaluating compliance across the supply chain,” David Trosin, managing director of health sciences certification at NSF International, said. “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.”
Trosin said that this agreement will go a long way in fulfilling long-term benefits promised to GRMA members.
“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,” Trosin said. “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.”
GRMA’s certification program harmonizes multiple standards in three product categories, which creates a consistent approach to 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.
GRMA will centralize the resultant data for its members to further prevent duplication of effort and streamline data flow for its members.