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This Webinar presented by SGS explores the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) that apply when one produces medicinal or recreational cannabis.


Sep 12, 2018, 12:00


Sep 12, 2018, 13:00



When you produce medicinal or recreational cannabis, to comply with state-by-state regulations, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) apply to you. GMP, and other quality standards are mostly universal, every facility must develop their own Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) reflecting their specific production processes, equipment, personnel and environmental considerations.

The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to provide an overview of the common statutory regulatory requirements as well as the state specific nuances of compliance. Minimum levels of compliance include aspects of Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) as well as Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP), Good Distribution Practices (GDP) and possibly Food Safety. Examples of SOPs will be provided and discussed. The webinar also touches upon recommendations for expanding your marketplace into foreign countries.


  • Overview of common Cannabis law and regulations
  • Comparison between states legislations
  • Cultivation, extraction and distribution compliance
  • Implementation strategy
  • Document examples (SOPs, records)
  • Foreign markets
  • Conclusions
  • Q&A
  • Background

Any manufacturer of medicines and food products intended for most markets, no matter where in the world it is located, must comply with GMP. GMP requires that products:

  • Are of consistent high quality
  • Are appropriate for their intended use
  • Meet all applicable requirements.

GMP guidelines provide guidance for manufacturing, testing, and quality assurance in order to ensure that a food or drug product is safe for human consumption. Many countries have legislated that food and pharmaceutical manufacturers follow GMP procedures and create their own GMP guidelines that correspond with their legislation. Practices are recommended with the goal of safeguarding the health of consumers and patients as well as producing good quality food, medicine, or active pharmaceutical products. In the United States, a food or drug may be deemed "adulterated" if it has passed all of the specifications tests, but is found to be manufactured in a facility or condition which violates or does not comply with cGMP. Therefore, complying with GMP is mandatory in all pharmaceutical manufacturing, and most food processing


Andrew Cole – Technical Manager, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Cannabis

Andrew joined SGS in 2002 within Regulatory Compliance for Medical Devices. Andrew Cole is the Pharma Cosmetics Technical Manager for SGS North America Inc. with over 23 years of Quality/Regulatory and solutions based compliance. He has extensive experience in GMP Manufacturing & Regulatory Requirements.
He possesses 7 years of developing complex global supply chain compliance solutions (2nd party audit schemes) pertaining, but not limited to, sustainability, CSR, EH&S, quality, legal, ethical, and regulatory. His expertise is also in the application of ISO 9001, ISO 13485, Canadian Medical Device Regulations, FDA 21CFR’s, European Directives for Medical Devices, Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals, Medicinal and recreational Cannabis regulation, CE Marking, ISO 22716, ISO 13485, GDP, EFfCI, EXCiPACT, ISO 15378.
While working for multiple international companies, he has successfully completed major projects to Remediate/Eliminate Deficiencies/Gaps in management systems based on evidence gleaned from internal audits and externally assessed findings, i.e, 483’s, & Warning Letters.

Jennifer Lott - Food Safety & Auditing Technical Manager /Senior Food Safety Auditor

At SGS North America serves as a technical resource for GFSI approved auditing schemes, including FSSC 22000 food manufacturing, BRC Storage & Distribution, Packaging, and Consumer Products, RSPO, GMP/HACCP and is an accredited multi-sector Food Safety Program Lead Auditor and Trainer. Jennifer has over 25 years of experience in quality assurance management, food safety management system development consulting, packaging, laboratory management, training and auditing. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the College of Mount St. Joseph. 

Target Audience

The webinar is aimed at employees of cannabis, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic manufacturing companies seeking state of local statute compliance or interested in expanding into foreign markets.

Language: English

Cost: No Charge


Wednesday, September 12, 2018
2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
1:00 pm Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
12:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time (Denver, GMT-06:00)
11:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

For further information please contact:

Mandy Szeto
Marketing Manager
t: +1 201 508 3065