- Benefits of adopting Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) & the areas of cannabis that are excluded from these practices;
- Insight into Health Canada’s regulatory guidelines & requirements for various stakeholders in the cannabis supply chain;
- Risk management & quality control as they relate to the production of cannabis-based products;
- Stages of cannabis production from growth to packaging.
Why adopt Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)? They ensure that your cannabis products are consistently produced & controlled to the quality standards appropriate to their intended use as required by product specifications. GMP are concerned with both production & quality control; they ensure the adequacy of production facilities & the clear definition of production processes. They also support validation of critical steps of production,significant changes to internal processes & to testing methods.
QUALITY CONTROL & RISK MANAGEMENT - a systemic process for assessing, controlling, & mitigating risks as they relate to the quality of cannabis products. Learn about the evaluation of risk based on scientific knowledge, experience with processes, & ultimately for the protection of the consumer. Efforts, formality & documentation are commensurate with associated risks. We also share measures for the prevention of cross-contamination.
STAGES OF CANNABIS PRODUCTION: A WALK-THROUGH
- New to the cannabis industry or need a refresher on the stages of production? We walk you through it.
- Growing: New plants are started from cuttings taken from the mother plant. Plants continue to mature and grow.
- Harvest & Drying: Buds and stems are removed from the main stock and staged for harvesting. The cannabis is dried to product specification for moisture content.
- Pre-extraction & Decarboxylation: Decarboxylation of product converts THC-A to THC and CBD-A to CBD.
- Extraction, Filtration & Dilution: Extraction of decarboxylated material is carried out using a validated extraction process. The extraction is filtered and sampled. Laboratory tests validate THC and CBD potency values along with other product specific requirements.
- Testing & Packaging: Product is sampled and tested using validated methods, and packaged.
- Bottling & Shipping: Approved product is bottled & labelled with product information. Product is packaged & shipped.