GRMA is Now an Independent Nonprofit Organization

GRMA is Now an Independent Nonprofit Organization

As I previously announced, I Chair the GRMA Joint Committee on the Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics. I am excited to share after 4-years of hard work by so many of its members, the Global Retailer and Manufacturers Alliance (“GRMA”) is now an official, independent nonprofit organization! Many major retailers, manufacturers, trade associations and certification bodies are working together as the GRMA to develop consensus-based American National Standards for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) in several industries. NSF International, an ANSI-accredited standards development organization (SDO), is facilitating the ANSI standards development process on behalf of the GRMA.  Continue reading “GRMA is Now an Independent Nonprofit Organization”

NSF GRMA Joint Committee for Cosmetics Looking for Members

NSF GRMA Joint Committee for Cosmetics Looking for Members

NSF is seeking experts to serve on the GRMA Joint Committee for Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics.  Specifically, members from industry (cosmetic manufacturers) and public health (academia, government, public health officials, doctors) are still needed before the Joint Committee may be officially formed.  Members provide technical guidance, review and vote on revisions to draft/proposed NSF/ANSI standards, and address public health and safety issues.  To seat the Joint Committee, there must be a balance of members representing Users, Public Health and Safety/Regulatory, and Industry stakeholders. Are you interested? Continue reading “NSF GRMA Joint Committee for Cosmetics Looking for Members”

Our Manufacturing Agreement Says What?!

I am always amazed when a new client informs me they do not have a written agreement with their third party manufacturer(s).  Or, they have one but don’t know the key terms or haven’t looked at it in years.  So when I heard about this case, I figured it was a good topic for discussion.  Ask yourself this– if your third party manufacturer told you tomorrow they decided to stop manufacturing your products, how long would it take you to find a replacement manufacturer and get your products to market? Would the transition result in delayed shipments and lost sales?  According to the beauty giant, L’Oreal, it would need about a year to find a new supplier for at least two of its products and would run out of stock, causing irreparable harm, including losing valuable shelf space at key retailers. Unfortunately for L’Oreal, however, the master manufacturing agreement between it and Spatz Laboratories only required 3-months notice of termination. Continue reading “Our Manufacturing Agreement Says What?!”