GRMA partners with IPA to work on GMP harmonization for probiotic supplements


GRMA is a store brand industry initiative led by retailers, manufacturers, trade associations, certification bodies, universities, government agencies and other stakeholders seeking to improve quality, safety and regulatory compliance for the benefit of the customer.

Dietary supplement manufacturers must adhere to current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), while retailers may also have a number of additional requirements for manufacturers, which can lead to a variety of standards. GRMA aims to “tie” all of these additional audit requirements into a single industry audit for retailers to audit and inspect suppliers and manufacturers.

These standards are expected to reduce the number and associated costs of audits, while enhancing safety, quality and trust throughout the supply chain.

Due to the unique challenges probiotics face, certain BPF elements have an increased impact on key product attributes including shelf life, stability, and efficacy. The new GRMA-IPA initiative, announced this morning, will focus on solving these challenges by assessing the requirements of the IPA Manufacturing Directive and NSF / ANSI 455-2 Standard for Dietary Supplements.

The main goal of this collaboration is to have a harmonized set of GMP requirements under the GRMA certification program and to help reduce audit tourism, the organizations said in a statement.

“Harmonized certification for probiotics is essential” explained George Paraskevakos, executive director of API. “Probiotics are a single category and should be treated as such when manufactured as end products. Raising quality standards through a certification program will ensure consumers and healthcare professionals have access to probiotic products that have been manufactured to high quality standards and provide benefits.

“A harmonized approach will not only ensure quality, but also eliminate confusion in the market, which will help consumers make informed decisions when choosing quality probiotics.” he added.

Paraskevakos told us that the work should start at the start of the new year, and added that education workshops will also be created for those who wish to get acquainted with the latter.

“Providing a consistent set of manufacturing practices and requirements is a win-win for the consumer, manufacturer and retailer. “Said Allyn Shultis, executive director of GRMA. “We are very excited to launch the new working group focused on aligning IPA GMP requirements with the publicly accredited consensus standard, 455-2, for dietary supplements. “


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