Quality Assurance and Testing Compliance: Getting Ahead of Increased Enforcement

April 20, 2023
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Every week, we see failed testing across the industry. Whether you were the failure or someone else was along the supply chain, a failure is costly and impacts everyone. 

As cannabis markets continue to mature and regulations become more sophisticated, compliance and product safety are paramount concerns for businesses operating in the industry. Quality assurance plays a crucial role in ensuring that cannabis products are safe for consumption and that they meet regulatory requirements. Cannabis quality and compliance are synonymous with businesses managing testing and product safety comprehensively and efficiently.

Cannabis products must be tested for a variety of contaminants, including pesticides, heavy metals, and microbiological agents. By regularly testing products, cannabis businesses must ensure that they are not putting consumers at risk. There are even incentives to validate SOP processes to test less often – and save businesses money.  

Another important aspect of quality assurance is sampling. To ensure that their products are safe and compliant, cannabis businesses must sample their products at various stages of their processes. This process can be complex, expensive, and time-consuming, requiring additional training and tools for selecting samples, managing sampling schedules, and tracking results. 

However, many businesses are failing to comply with these standards or choosing to cut corners and costs on testing. Others manipulate samples to influence the testing process, and even testing labs are being enforced for manipulating results for more money. This is leading to heavier enforcement by regulatory agencies across the board in an effort to protect public safety and ensure integrity in the testing process.

Unfortunately, violations of product safety regulations are not uncommon in the cannabis industry. Whether due to negligence or intentional wrongdoing, these violations can result in serious consequences for businesses, including fines, legal action, and damage to their reputation. iComply is staying busy helping businesses mitigate their risk of non-compliance by managing their compliance activities in a centralized and organized way as it relates to quality, sampling, and testing.

Overall, quality assurance is a critical component of compliance in the cannabis industry. By implementing robust quality assurance processes and using resources like iComply’s, cannabis businesses can help ensure that their products are safe for consumers and compliant with regulations.