With multiple sample types (e.g edibles, raw flowers, solid and liquid extracts, and infused beverages), the analytical chemists of the cannabis industry have their work cut out for them. In GMP Cannabis Manufacturing, all the testing is done in-house. This is called in-process testing. In-process testings is an activity that measures your product’s quality attributes as it is being processed.
Several important points come up in these guidelines. When to test. What to test. How to test. These are the essential activities in a GMP Cannabis Testing Facility. In the Cannabis Industry 2.0 (i.e. GMP Cannabis), all laboratory testing will be done in-house, and it will not be hindered by restrictive legislation. Validated and repeatable test methods are mandatory for the analytical laboratory to provide consistent results. This is an important point, should be considered by every cannabis manufacturer.
This might not sound savory to the manufacturing side, but often, there is high variation in the manufacturer’s product. Think about it – how many different structures are there on the plant; how many different light angles are hitting those different structures, how many different samples were taken from the plant… There is a lot to think about, and those are only a few variables.
Take a look at this 36 page PDF developed for New Mexico Cannabis Testing Facilities. It describes everything you would ever want to know about a testing facility down to how they should document their work, to how they actually do their work.
While these guidelines do not explain all aspects of a GMP Cannabis In-Process Testing Laboratory, they do describe the activities well.