Cannabis Good Manufacturing Practices
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) are facility-specific programs, procedures, and policies followed by employees and visitors. GMPs include employee training, personal hygiene and the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE), pest control management, the potability of water, the maintenance of the grounds and facility, and sanitation of utensils, equipment, and rooms.
GMPs are quality management programs. Quality management programs are implemented by owners and managers in the running of a business. They include hiring practices, procurement of supplies, sales contracts, payroll, worker safety, and others. With each quality management program, managers and employees follow the procedures. If GMPs are followed correctly, the product is more likely to be a safe product. Conversely, if GMPs are not in place or followed, the product is likely to be unsafe. Quality management programs address unique business needs to keep the business operating. GMPs address the specific business need to produce a safe product.