To give industry, retailers and consumers confidence in the safety of the products, NSF International provides a comprehensive range of services to the global bottled water and beverage industry. Beverage quality Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) registration is an independent program to evaluate the implementation of best food safety practices.
GMPs are general and specific hygiene requirements and best industry practices for the bottled water and beverages industry. Their implementation ensures product is consistently produced according to quality standards, including HACCP and FSMA requirements.
The program is designed for manufacturers of bottled water, beverages, packaged ice, ingredients and packaging materials as well as warehousing and distribution companies.
Benefits of GMP registration
- Increases confidence in the preparedness of your facility for regulatory inspections by the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) or other national health authorities
- Increases your company’s credibility and visibility through the use of the NSF GMP Registered mark on your marketing materials
- Supports your company’s quality KPIs
- Supports the selection and approval of your suppliers
- Provides independent verification of your efforts for sustainability and environmental protection projects
- Independent verification of your quality and food safety system by an accredited certification body
- Facilitates compliance with international specifications for exporters
In addition, for companies selling in the U.S., the audit demonstrates compliance to Good Manufacturing Practices according to regulatory requirements for the production of bottled water.
The audit requirements are aligned with the following regulations:
- U.S. FDA, 21 CFR Chapter 1, Part 117, Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food
- U.S. FDA, 21 CFR Chapter 1, Part 129, Processing and Bottling of Bottled Drinking Water
- Codex Alimentarius, CAC/RCP 1-1969 (Rev. 4 2003): General Principles of Food Hygiene
- Codex Alimentarius, CAC/RCP 48-2001: Code of Hygienic Practice for Bottled/Packaged Waters (Other Than Natural Mineral Waters)
- Codex Alimentarius, CAC/RCP 33-1985: Code of Hygienic Practice for the Collecting, Processing and Marketing of Natural Mineral Waters
- Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs
GMP Registration process
The GMP registration process is composed of the following steps:
- Application. Company submits the application documents to start the qualification process.
- Audit. Auditor visits the production facility and applicable source water sites to assess compliance to the audit requirements. A corrective action report is issued for any non-conformances cited.
- Corrective Action. Company submits corrective action responses and evidence of completion to NSF. NSF reviews and approves the corrective action responses.
- Registration. NSF sends the GMP registration certificate, and the registered company is listed on the NSF website.
- Monitoring Audit. The audit and corrective action process is completed annually to maintain registration.
With over 30 years of industry experience and an expert team of beverage food safety specialists on our staff, your company and customers can benefit from the recognition and integrity associated with NSF International.