Hemp cultivators and manufacturers are preparing to compete when legal changes clear the way for national and global THC and CBD sales by making investments in GMP, short for Good Manufacturing Practice.
cGMP, short for Good Manufacturing Practice
GMP, or often called cGMP is short for Good Manufacturing Practice, a lengthy set of cleanliness and safety protocols required of all kinds of manufacturers making consumer packaged goods, from commercial factories to pharmaceutical firms making high-tech medical treatments and devices – with industrial hemp practices will be no different for extractors.
cGMP Certification Process
The GMP certification starts at the end of the ecosystem of manufacturing process. Normally, that means when you have the end product (for hemp, thats biomass) and turn it over to the extractors. For it to be in anything food grade (or items you ingest or put on your body) the U.S. cGMP depending on the product and industry. First part if your end product is Food, Dietary supplements, Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals. Each of these categories has a whole set of guidelines determined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (for domestic sale). Canada, the EU and the World Health Organization maintain their own sets of GMP standards, though all are largely similar.
Hemp Cultivators, Growers & Farmers
Hemp cultivators who don’t perform extraction or make finished goods aren’t exactly scot-free for guidelines and procedures. The FDA (if they show up at your farm) called Good Agricultural and Collection Practices, or the “food code” set by the WHO and United Nations. These Good Agricultural and Collection Practices standards cover basic sanitation protocols and cover things like ingredients list, watering list, chain of custody records, harvesting records, drying and storing plants destined for human consumption.