Are you a cannabis or edible producer in New York looking to stay ahead in this evolving landscape? Are you trying to be ahead of pending state requirements, lower odds of a recall, be able to leverage your Product and General Liability insurance, and possibly qualify for lower testing frequencies based on successful audits and certification?
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification could be the key to your success. By understanding and implementing GMP principles now, you can gain a competitive advantage when the regulations do come into effect.
GMP standards, common in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors, focus on ensuring consistent, safe, and high-quality products through well-documented processes. For cannabis cultivators and manufacturers, adhering to GMP means considering the “Five Ps” of cannabis GMP:
- People: Hiring and training a qualified team, establishing safety protocols, and maintaining clear roles and responsibilities.
- Premises: Designing and maintaining facilities to high-quality standards, ensuring employee safety, and proper storage conditions.
- Process: Implementing documented standard operating procedures, focusing on equipment qualification, and adhering to ongoing SOP updates.
- Product: Ensuring product quality through third-party testing, rigorous inventory tracking, and adherence to sourcing and storage standards.
- Procedures: Managing administrative aspects, from safety protocols to organizational hierarchy, and maintaining detailed records.
GMP certification isn’t just a possibility; it’s a growing reality. In the U.S., the trend is moving towards GMP compliance. The New York State Department of Health states:
Cannabinoid Hemp Processors are required to follow GMP when extracting and/or manufacturing cannabinoid hemp products. All cannabinoid hemp products must be manufactured to the applicable product type […]
Pursuant to the regulations Cannabinoid Hemp Processors must maintain GMP standards and qualified third-party certification of their extraction and/or manufacturing facility operations for the duration of the license period (two-years). Cannabinoid Hemp Processors will be required to submit an updated GMP audit or certification for each license renewal.
By prioritizing GMP compliance in your cannabis production process, you not only ensure safety and quality but also demonstrate your commitment to consumers and potential partners. GMP certification isn’t just an advantage; it’s becoming a necessity.
As you navigate this evolving landscape, consider the importance of GMP certification for your cannabis or edible production. By adopting these practices, you can pave the way for a successful, compliant, and future-proof business in the New York cannabis market. For more information on GMP certification, reach out to PJRFSI today at (248) 519-2523 or by email at [email protected].