What is GMP?

GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practices. These are a set of standards applicable to the food, pharmaceutical, and other consumer goods industries. These standards are based on the Code of Federal Regulations put in place by the Food and Drug Administration, or the local government authorities of your country.

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering defines Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) as:

“a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. GMP covers all aspects of production from the starting materials, premises, and equipment to the training and personal hygiene of staff.

Detailed, written procedures are essential for each process that could affect the quality of the finished product. There must be systems to provide documented proof that correct procedures are consistently followed at each step in the manufacturing process - every time a product is made.”

GMP is basically a set of procedures and rules laid out by experts in the field.  GMP standards were developed to enable companies to reduce risk, streamline manufacturing, and help create a sustainable and successful future. for your facility or plant.

GMP training and GMP certification has also allowed the global market to set a standard for quality.  By obtaining GMP certification, a company is able to prove that they are upholding the regulations set by their local governments and that their product is manufactured using high quality standards.  A buyer can know a company is likely to provide products with minimal defects when buying from a GMP company.  In some countries, a company must be GMP certified to import products across the border.  Even still, many marketplaces, such as Amazon, require GMP certification for sellers to list and sell products. 

GMP procedures cover subjects like product handling, manufacturing operations, plant facilities and upkeep, sanitation, Quality Assurance, packaging, and distribution.

There are specific countries that require manufacturing facilities to follow GMP procedures, including Australia, Canada, and the USA. The main reason is to ensure that these products—food, medication, prescription edibles—are safe for human consumption, with minimal side effects.

If your company is focused on cannabis manufacturing, rules are still hazy because each state and country has significantly different rules and regulations concerning how cannabis must be handled, processed, and distributed.  The legal cannabis industry is new, and most likely there are some new regulations and licensing on the way.  GMP cannabis is still a fairly new concept, but one that is much needed in the industry.  All states and countries require specific licensing to produce and manufacture cannabis-related products.  Thus, GMP training is a much needed and essential service within the industry to allow consumers access to GMP cannabis products. 

Specific research facilities and testing laboratories can assist your facility or plant in testing your cannabis-related products for safety and efficacy. But right now, standards and regulations are so new, but they can help to maintain a certain degree of quality and control in this new industry.


How Difficult is it to Start GMP?

If you’re manufacturing facility is in the early startup stages, it’s actually much easier. This can be more cost-effective, as you can focus on purchasing the right equipment, and setting up the right layout in your facility. But even if you’re already successfully producing, it’s still possible to start with GMP, especially with proper GMP training. You’ll actually still be ahead of many other companies in your field.  If you are producing cannabis products, you’ll be ahead of most of the other cannabis-related businesses in the USA today.

For businesses in the USA, they can visit the FDA cGMP Regulations website to get acquainted with the regulations.  Compliance Naturally offers a free one-hour consultation with your team to discuss risks of GMP and how these regulations and standards can be implemented in your facility.   We are happy to offer GMP training, standard operating procedures, and quality assurance staff to integrate GMP and quality assurance into your facility as a culture.

There can be high risks involved in neglecting GMP in your cannabis or supplement manufacturing facility. The costs aren’t as high as you’d expect, particularly when first starting out, and over time can minimize both financial and trust risks as your facility grows. If you don’t know where to start, we have plenty of experience in the field and can help your company understand how to move forward with GMP implementation, and how processes can be applied to your specific industry – whether you be in cannabis, dietary supplements, or another type of natural product. 

By dedicating a production facility to GMP standards, you set a bar for quality and purity in the industry and ensure the longevity of your company.  By implementing GMP, your company is given the tools and guidelines it needs to succeed. For example, introducing GMP cannabis into the current market makes consumers safer and builds respect for the industry on a federal level.  If your company manufacturers dietary supplements, GMP products and GMP certification will allow your company to grow properly and legally.  GMP provides the structure for a clean, consistent, quality product which is backed by full process traceability and empowered personnel.