Let’s face it. Accidents happen and people make mistakes. That being said, a good Quality System and Safety Program will continuously seek out potential areas of risk and patch the areas by implementing change control and process improvement. These practices are widely known throughout the compliance-world as HACCP – Hazards and Critical Control Points. While there are external factors that you may have little control over, the more you consider risk ahead of time and what procedures to put in place to prevent them from happening in the future, the less likely there will be large financial losses for your company.
Human errors in manufacturing can be more costly and serious in the cannabis, dietary supplement, and pharmaceutical industries. While conducting customer complaints, corrective and preventative action investigations, out of specification reports, and other investigations, it can be easy to begin tacking errors in production to human error.
If you’re in the process of setting up a small cannabis-related company, now is the best time to start GMP, or Good Manufacturing Practices. Not only do these help with the efficient operation of your manufacturing facility, they can help with every aspect of your operation, including helping to license and regulate your operation.
Cleaning a GMP production facility is essential for compliance, as well as safety of the products that are sold to dispensaries and consumers. Ethanol is one of the more popular cleaners used for production line equipment because it is effective, easy to recover, and food grade. Since it’s so effective at killing bacteria and microbes, many plant managers may wonder why 190 proof (or 95%) ethanol shouldn’t be used over 70% ethanol.
A lab coat worn by workers in a cannabis product or dietary supplement manufacturing facility needs to follow specific requirements. These are very similar to food manufacturing facilities too. Instead of requiring your personnel to buy their own lab coats, the GMP production facility should be providing ones for their lab workers and production line workers to prevent any issues.
When you run a GMP production facility that includes cannabis and dietary supplement products, there are certain processes that you must follow in order to achieve government compliance. Cannabis products should follow similar guidelines in food processing and the pharmaceutical industry. This includes qualifying equipment before using it to produce food or medicine.
If you’re running a cannabis manufacturing facility there will be new government regulations ahead. It’s important to stay in compliance and obtain the expertise of GMP advisors who can guide you through setting up a sanitary and productive facility. If your facility has received a customer complaint it’s important to take it seriously.
If there has been a failing in one of your cannabis products or dietary supplements in your production facility, then you’re going to need to figure out what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again. This is a part of GMP—Good Manufacturing Practices—in the food and pharmaceutical industries, and will also help you to achieve compliance.
In the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement world, it is absolutely required to be GMP compliant. Many cannabis manufacturers are waking up to the fact that GMP compliance may be the deciding line of who can stay in the game for the long haul. As regulations evolve, GMP requirements are written into the laws which dictate how cannabis products must be manufactured. Going for GMP compliance can seem overwhelming, but anything is possible if broken down into small steps. GMP is built on a few simple pillars, and with enough dedication any company can achieve a certification.