Just to clarify, there is a difference between Compliance and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). To put it simply, Compliance covers the laws that allow a company to manufacture cannabis and its products, while GMPs provide a framework for how you do it.
Compliance is presently defined as the state by state rules for manufacturing cannabis and cannabis products. It covers the regulations, required transparency, laws, policies, requirements, and standards for manufacturing cannabis. This sets the legal framework for how businesses in their respective states can operate.
Good Manufacturing Practices, on the other hand, are guidelines that come from the Food and Drug Administration and the International Conference on Harmonization. Both provide the requirements for a pharmaceutical manufacturing operation to produce drugs that will be ingested by human beings. They set the operational framework for how to manufacture drugs that are safe for human consumption.
There are also some similarities. Both Compliance and GMPs can have Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). SOPs are simply the documentation of any process that a company does. They range from simple to complicated. It can be an SOP for sweeping the floors, or an SOP for a 32 step organic chemistry synthesis of tetrahydrocannabinol.
Compliance is without a doubt, the most important first step to establishing your business. Without it, you can face serious legal consequences. Establish your company with a trusted attorney who specializes in compliance, and start manufacturing with peace of mind.
GMPs are the next best step to make your business stand out above the competition – being a GMP Certified facility creates a huge differentiation in your product. With a well defined GMP system in place, you can track improvements to your product over time using the scientific method, ensure consumer safety, and have fully traceable processes. Overall, it’s a win-win adaptation to your business because you improve your processes (and chances to be bought out) and you improve product safety and quality for the consumer (sell more product).
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