Education Programme 2019 Summits

Working with contract manufacturers: managing overall quality

Wednesday 8th May, 15:20 - 17:20

Contract manufacturers are widely utilised in the nutrition industry for their expertise, manufacturing capabilities and capacity. These partners offer a great resource to brand owners, but product integrity and compliance with EU manufacturing regulations ultimately fall on brand owners. It is vital to have reliable quality management processes in place to ensure a high level of safety and compliance at every step of the manufacturing process. In this session, we will review regulatory responsibilities as well as quality commitments and systems to ensure a successful partnership.

Chair: Michel Horn, Chair, European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM) 


15:20 - 15:50

Risk-based quality management: a holistic approach to successful general management

  • Can risk-based quality management be a unique selling point?
  • Are ‘health products’ still niche, or are they now mass products falling under the same procedures as mass market supplies?
  • How does risk-based quality management involve the whole organisation (and not only the production part with its HACCP-concept)?

Speaker: Daniel Grimm, Independent Quality Consultant and Auditor, Lecturer in Food Technology and Quality Management, Vocational School, University of Applied Science (ZHAW, HAFL and Strickhof Lebensmitteltechnologie und Hortikultur), (Switzerland) 


15:50 - 16:20

How to implement appropriate quality management when subcontracting the manufacturing of your products

  • Who defines the relevant quality criteria? Presenting the example of HACCP vs. GMP
  • Exploring who follows the quality management at every stage of production
  • What happens in a case of disagreement?
  • Exploring the EHPM quality guide as a base for an efficient quality management process

Speaker: Michel Horn, Chair, European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM)


16:20 - 16:50

Achieving high-level food safety reliability and commitment from your supplier or co-manufacturer

  • Exploring how the assessment of a supplier or co-manufacturer’s food safety and sanitation programs can help determine food safety reliability
  • Reviewing tools and approaches to evaluate the commitment of a supplier or co-manufacturer to manufacture safe food
  • Achieving a high level of food safety and regulatory confidence

Speaker: Charles Breen, Independent Advisor FSMA, EAS Consulting Group, (United States) 

16:50 - 17:20

Overcoming quality hurdles when working with contract manufacturers and co-packers

  • Focusing on the importance of audits in protecting your brand 
  • Highlighting the value of a quality agreement
  • Reviewing the benefits and downfalls of third-party certifications

Speaker: Cory Carter, Founder/CEO, Carter Regulatory Group (United States)