September 9, 2020
With UL’s active participation in the ANAB – GRMA pilot accreditation program, UL has been recognized by the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) as one of the first qualified and licensed certification bodies for the GRMA certification scheme. The GRMA is a nonprofit Certification Program Owner (CPO) that focuses on the governance of safety and quality system standards for consumer-packaged goods, specifically those related to nonfood products regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), such as:
- Over-the-counter (OTC) medication
- Cosmetics, personal care and beauty products
- Dietary supplements
- Medical devices and consumer products (coming soon)
The GRMA helps lead the industry by taking a multistakeholder approach to develop the certification program based on the ANSI 455 standards, which are the first American national standards for OTC Drug current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), Dietary Supplement cGMP and Cosmetics cGMP. These standards are based on the FDA's 21 CFR regulations for cGMP and best practice requirements within the applicable categories.
UL, as a licensed certification body for the GRMA, can now take applications and plan audits for the certification program. Using a GRMA approved certification body can reduce the number of audits your business needs for compliance, and the financial costs associated with those audits. Additionally, licensed certification bodies can help ensure consistency and proper training among auditors and strengthen safety, quality and trust throughout your supply chain. You must be a GRMA member to schedule an ANSI 455 audit.
UL’s Supplier Quality Audits and Certifications group can help you minimize supply chain risks, protect brand value, and promote consumer and product safety. Through our cGMP audit services, we offer a holistic approach, from designing and implementing third-party facility or supplier assessments to verifying post-audit corrective actions. Whether you are expanding to new markets or adding new facilities, we are able to customize the program to your specific needs. UL has been involved with the GRMA mission for more than five years and has been conducting cGMP audits for decades. Utilizing our industry expertise, we can help establish an auditing program that is right for you.
To learn more about the GRMA or to schedule an audit, please contact us today.