Standards of Practice
It doesn't matter who your target customer is, where they are from, or what they do with your product; standards of practice are essential. Whether your customer intends to purchase for medicinal purposes or recreational usage, they will demand high standards. With this in mind, your business will need to adhere to various practice standards to ensure the correct level of product potency, quality, and safety. Two ways in which you can show that your business is taking this seriously is by considering GPP and GMP guidelines.
GPP vs. GMP
New cannabis businesses have started up exponentially across the world in recent years. While this can be seen as a good thing for consumers and the industry's growth as a whole, there is the risk of reduced quality, and various steps have been taken. In Canada, for instance, licensed businesses are required to adhere to Good Production Practices (GPP), and some are even voluntarily enforcing even more stringent regulations to boost reputation. The GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) is another set of guidelines that producers are opting to implement. This requires producers to have a structured quality system that checks for adherence to acceptable practice standards at every step of the manufacturing process. It can include standard operating procedures, sanitation programs, and techniques that track and recall products if they don't make the grade. In the US, as more and more states start to legalize cannabis, the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) have also introduced their own rules. For instance, all cannabis products sold in California must now undergo testing for:
- Heavy Metals
- Residual Solvents
- Moisture and Water Activity
- Foreign Metals
Further afield, businesses in Europe must comply with the necessary GMP and need to screen for THC and CBD levels and carry out tests for microbial contamination and pesticides.
While the reasons behind quality control and standards of practice will be evident to many, it doesn't hide that putting the systems in place can be costly and time-consuming to businesses. Staff, equipment, analytical, and reporting systems all need to be paid for, and the costs can add up quickly. This can be a mammoth task for new businesses, let alone established cannabis growers who have been operating unregulated for several years. Of course, the level of regulation you adhere to will depend on where you will be running your operation, where you intend to sell your product, and the level of quality you want to portray as a business. Our standards of practice experts can guide you through every aspect, from planning to implementation. They will ensure you become the best cannabis business you can be, on both an ethical and profitability basis.