National Standards for Supplier Audits Proposed
The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) announced that it is in the final stages of completing a comprehensive set of standards for the auditing and inspection of suppliers and manufacturers.
The standards will cover dietary supplements, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and medical devices.
GRMA members include more than 30 major retailers in the grocery, drug, mass merchandiser, club store channels and manufacturers.
The unified set of criteria that will be available to retailers for the auditing of vendors. The goal is to achieve a harmonized audit approach across multiple product categories.
The goal of these standards, which are based on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), is to reduce the number and costs of audits, while strengthening safety, quality and trust throughout the supply chain.
NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, is facilitating the development of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards on behalf of the GRMA.
The auditing program and future standard development will be overseen by the GRMA and managed by the GRMA Governance Board.
Board members include representative of Gemini Pharmaceuticals, Costco, Wegmans Food Markets, HEB Grocery Company, United Exchange Corp. and First Quality.
Mike Finamore, CEO of Gemini Pharmaceuticals, said, “This process will serve to consolidate audits and inspections across a broad array of products under an ANSI-accredited standard to ensure only the highest quality of products are available to consumers.”
Christine Summers of Costco, vice president of the Governance Board, said, “We now have a standardized, comprehensive audit standard based both on regulations and on best-practices.”
The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance is a store brand industry initiative driven by retailers, manufacturers, trade associations, certification bodies and other stakeholders that aims to improve quality, safety and regulatory compliance. GRMAlliance.org
NSF International is anindependent organization that develops standards, and tests and certifies products to these standards for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries. (nsf.org