Global Cannabis Market Report 2021-2026

The Global Cannabis Market report for 2021-2026 provides Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts.

According to the report, the global cannabis market was Valued at USD 22.10 billion in 2020. The market is projected to witness a CAGR of 13.9% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

“Like every other market, COVID-19 had an adverse impact on the cannabis market as well. The imposition of lockdown limited consumers from visiting brick-and-mortar shops. However, many cannabis companies began relying heavily on social media and e-commerce platforms to market to consumers during the year. Cannabis retail outlets, producers, manufacturers, distributors, and warehouses were deemed essential services by the Alberta Government on March 30, 2020. As a result, cannabis businesses and services continued to serve Albertans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

For more information on this report, visit:
https://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/4771910/global-cannabis-market-growth-trends-covid-19
For information on how AirMed helps the Canadian cannabis companies, visit:
https://airmedcloud.com/customers/


AirMed nominated for two O'Cannabiz Awards

We’ve been nominated in the O’Cannabiz Awards as Best Software and Best Innovative Technology!

Hosted by the producers of the O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo, the awards program is designed to recognize excellence and innovation in our industry.

Between now and May 14, 2022, anyone can vote on which nominees will win in the O’Cannabiz Awards. To vote you need to register for free on the O’Cannabiz website. Once registered, you can go back to vote any time before the deadline, but registered voters can only vote once in each category (see list below).

An awards gala will be held during the O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo on June 1st, 2022 in Toronto to honour cannabis professionals and companies.

Please vote for AirMed in the Best Software and the Best Innovative Technology categories by registering at:
https://awards.ocannabiz.com/

To learn more about the conference & expo, visit: https://ocannabiz.com/

O’Cannabiz Awards categories

Attorney of the Year
Best Activist/Advocate of the Year
Best Budtender
Best Business Consultancy
Best Cannabis Clinic
Best Cannabis Nutrients Product
Best Customer Service
Best Disinfection and Pest Control Services
Best Engineering Firm
Best Extraction Equipment
Best Extraction Facility/Toll Processing
Best Growing Medium
Best Home Grow Package
Best HVAC & Ventilation Systems
Best Hydroponics System
Best Innovative Technology
Best Lab Equipment
Best Lab Testing Facilities
Best Lighting Systems
Best Marketing Campaign
Best new Start-Up
Best News Source
Best Packaging Design
Best Packaging Equipment
Best POS/CRM Software
Best PR/Advertising Agency
Best Retail Chain
Best Retail Interior Design
Best Security Service
Best Seedbank
Best Software
Best Storefront Branding
Best Supplier/Distributor
Best Top Retail Store (Single Location)
Best Trimming Equipment
Best Water Filtration System
Brand of the Year
Cannabis Person of the Year
Favourite Accessory
Favourite Capsules, Extracts, Concentrates
Favourite CBD & Topicals
Favourite Edible Product
Favourite Flower
Favourite Infused Beverages
Favourite Product of the Year
Favourite Retail Store or Medical Clinic
Favourite Vaporizer
Green Deed(s) Award
Licensed Producer of the Year
Medical Cannabis Professional of the Year
Outstanding Educator or Institution of the Year
Scientific Researcher or Facility
Social Media Influencer of the Year


Jim Belushi to headline Grow Up Conference Victoria June 20-22

The highly anticipated Grow Up Conference and Expo is arriving on the West Coast, with its inaugural B.C. conference held at the Victoria Conference Centre from June 20-22, 2022.

On April 14, conference organizers announced that the event will be headlined by keynote speaker Jim Belushi, performer, farmer and star of Discovery Channel’s Growing Belushi.

“In addition to sharing his journey creating Belushi’s Farms, the cannabis connoisseur will discuss the passions that spurred his entry into cannabis and the challenges he’s faced in growing and remaining nimble in an ever-changing industry.”

Grow Up was named the best cannabis conference of 2021 by High! Canada magazine and is expected to attract more than 3,000 industry experts, businesses, and professionals to Victoria, Canada’s hub of cannabis culture.

Join AirMed this June in Victoria at Grow Up, the largest cannabis conference for growers in Canada.

This in-person event is scheduled for June 20-22 at the Victoria Conference Centre,
720 Douglas Street in Victoria, British Columbia (behind the Empress Hotel).

Visit AirMed in booth 509 in the expo area.

For more information visit: https://growupconference.com/


Health Canada authorizing dried and fresh cannabis sales to licensees

Beginning April 19, 2022, existing holders of micro and standard cannabis licenses in Canada will be granted authorization to sell dried and fresh cannabis products. A notification went out to existing license holders at the end of March that this regulatory change will allow them to sell dried or fresh cannabis products to provincial wholesalers. Prior to this, a sales amendment was required to sell those products.

“Initial licensing came with sales conditions, and the amendment application process could take months,” said Justin Hearn, president and CEO of AirMed Canada Systems, “These changes are designed to reduce the regulatory burden for licensees and help them get their products to market more quickly. We expect this to be especially significant for our micro clients who want to carry out farmgate sales.”

Health Canada will automatically reissue licenses with amended conditions over the next three months. Those who had already applied for an amendment for dried and fresh cannabis sales will be prioritized in the process. Following the regulations, licensees will still need to submit a Notification of New Cannabis Product (NNCP) 60 days in advance of the sale of any new product.

This modification to the license program has been implemented as part of Health Canada’s efforts to improve the cannabis licensing process. According to the notification, “The decision is based on the lower risk associated with producing dried and fresh cannabis products.”

Note that the change applies only to dried and fresh cannabis products. Other products, such as edibles and vape cartridges, are not included in the sales amendment. Licensees planning to sell those products must still apply to Health Canada for a sales amendment.

“While these changes do not apply to the sale of extracts and edibles, it is certainly a step in the right direction,” said Hearn. “We expect edibles and extracts to play a significant role in cannabis sales in the future and have already added support in AirMed for these classes of cannabis.”

For more information about cannabis in Canada, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/health/campaigns/cannabis/industry.html

For information on how AirMed manages the sale of cannabis products for licensees, visit: https://airmedcloud.com/software/#sell


New reports in AirMed keep pace with marketplace

AirMed has the most comprehensive reporting in any cannabis management system. To ensure that our reporting keeps pace with changes in regulations and the cannabis marketplace, we regularly update our reporting system and add new reports.

Industry analysts and market researchers agree that edibles are the future of cannabis as consumer preferences shift from away from smoking.

Seattle-based data-analytics firm Headset examined sales from the US and Canada and reported “…overall edibles sales grew by more than 20%…”

According to a different report titled Cannabis Edible Products Market Report, “The aversion to smoking is one of the main factors that has led to the significant growth of cannabis-infused edibles over the past years.”

MJ Biz Daily reported that “The outlook for edibles is considered bullish among industry executives… Industry executives said consumers around 30-45 years old especially seem to be entering the cannabis market via edibles.”

To support the addition of edibles and topicals functionality in AirMed earlier this year, we added new CTLS data reporting. We also updated the existing CTLS Full Export function to include the totals from the main CTLS reports.

The release of edibles and topicals functionality in tandem with supporting CTLS reporting lets users manage entire edible and topical inventory data in AirMed and also export data into a pre-populated CTLS monthly report using the CTLS Full Export function. This vastly improves the inventory tracking capabilities for edibles and topicals and can save users valuable time in monthly reporting.

AirMed is working hard to support consumer trends so cannabis producers and processors can meet the needs of the marketplace.

The “Cannabis Edible Products Market Report” can be found at: https://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/5529328/cannabis-infused-edible-products-market-growth

The Headset “Cannabis Product Trends” report can be found at: https://www.headset.io/industry-reports/the-most-popular-cannabis-product-trends-in-the-us-canada

Read more from MJ Biz Daily on the edibles market here: https://mjbizdaily.com/led-by-gummies-edibles-keep-pace-with-growth-of-overall-us-marijuana-market/

To learn more about AirMed reporting visit: https://airmedcloud.com/software/#report

For a demo of AirMed’s reporting features, click the Request Demo button at the top of the page or use the contact form in the footer. You can also call us directly at 1-877-313-2442.


Congratulations to Craft Kings: Best Craft Cannabis Company

AirMed client Craft Kings has been recognized as “Best Craft Best Craft Cannabis Company” in the Commercial Cannabis Awards for 2021.

Sponsored by Global Health & Pharma (GHP) Magazine, the Commercial Cannabis Awards programme aims to promote and award the globe’s leading businesses and individuals who remain at the forefront of an industry enjoying sustained growth.

A spokesperson for Crafts Kings said, “We are incredibly honoured, humbled, and hyped to receive this award. All our hard work is paying off. We have accomplished so much in just over a year, yet we are just getting started.”

AirMed was also honoured with a Commercial Cannabis Award for 2021, and we are proud to be on the same winners list as Craft Kings.

For more information about Crafts Kings visit: https://craftkings.ca/

To read about AirMed’s Commercial Cannabis Award, visit: https://airmedcloud.com/commercial-cannabis-awards-2021/


O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo 2022: Jun 1-3 in Ontario

The O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo being held June 1 to 3 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario features a business conference, industry expo, and awards gala.

Conference sessions are expected to cover policy & regulations, health & wellness, science & cultivation, finance & marketing and more.

The producers of O’ Cannabiz have decades of experience producing national-profile events and creating global connections between business communities in the arts, broadcasting, media and technology. They have organized trade summit initiatives with governments around the world. And they have worked closely with sponsors in all levels of Canadian government.

For more information visit: https://ocannabiz.com/


AirMed Best Turnkey Cannabis Management System for 2021

AirMed has been recognized as “Best Turnkey Cannabis Management System” in the 2021 Commercial Cannabis Awards.

Sponsored by Global Health & Pharma (GHP) Magazine, the Commercial Cannabis Awards programme aims to promote and award the globe’s leading businesses and individuals who remain at the forefront of an industry enjoying sustained growth.

“AirMed is proud to be recognized for the role it plays in the cannabis industry,” said CEO Justin Hearn.

“AirMed was created in 2014 to help Canadian licensed producers meet compliance at all levels of government. Continuously innovating since then, our goal is to provide a responsive solution that not only meets customer needs but anticipates them, regardless of the size or focus of your cannabis business. That has been our driving force since our inception, and after eight years in business, we are still 100% Canadian owned. We’d like to thank Global Health & Pharma for this honour and promise to keep up the good work.”

GHP Awards Executive wrote, “…This award symbolises the hard work, dedication, and effort that institutions such as yourselves have applied throughout the challenges faced in the midst of a global pandemic! Once again, congratulations on your victory!”

GHP Magazine’s aim is to provide support and help showcase the latest developments, most promising innovations and leading companies across the medical and health industries.

The Commercial Cannabis Awards are entirely merit-led, which means that GHP does not go on the number of votes received. The aim is to ensure that GHP rewards businesses of all levels based on their quality of product or dedication to service, from small start-ups to giant behemoths.

Read about AirMed in the awards magazine here: https://www.ghp-news.com/issues/commercial-cannabis-awards-2021/10/

Learn more about the GHP Cannabis Awards here: https://www.ghp-news.com/awards/commercial-cannabis-awards/

If you’d like to learn more about AirMed and why it was given this honour, please visit our software page: AirMed Software

And drop by our Customers page to see how we are helping businesses just like yours: AirMed Customers


Atlantic Cannabis Conference & Expo 2022: May 14-15 in PEI

Atlantic Canada’s Cannabis Education & Business Networking Event

The ACExpo is a business conference and tradeshow exhibition focused on educating adults in Atlantic Canada on the legalized cannabis industry and growing regional cannabis businesses.

Cannabis is a confusing marketplace, even for the informed adult. We get it. That’s why we offer this opportunity for adults in Atlantic Canada to learn first-hand about the cannabis industry from industry leaders who are shaping the local marketplace!

All FOUR Atlantic Canadian provinces have operated legal cannabis retail stores since October 2018 and have consistently reported among the highest provinces for adult cannabis use in Canada.

The event brings together adults, businesses, policy makers and regional stakeholders for one reason – to advance Atlantic Canada’s legal cannabis industry!

Learn about cannabis the laws, products, market trends & gain insights on the industry’s most cutting-edge topics, directly from the experts who are shaping the marketplace.

For more information visit:  https://www.acexpo.ca/


Join Us at Grow Up Victoria 2022: June 20-22

Join AirMed this June at the Grow Up Conference and Expo in Victoria for three days of  in-person cannabis cultivation and processing activities.

Grow Up focuses on education, collaboration and growth of the cannabis growing industry. Meet licensed producers, suppliers, equipment manufacturers, investors, lawyers, government officials and growing enthusiasts – all in one magnificent location.

Learn from the best in the cannabis industry. Hundreds of top speakers and keynotes together to bring you up-to-date on proven methods, innovations and technology.

This in-person event is scheduled for June 20-22 at the Victoria Conference Centre,
720 Douglas Street in Victoria, British Columbia (behind the Empress Hotel).

Visit AirMed in booth 509 in the expo area.

For more information visit: https://growupconference.com/


Quality Management and AirMed

Constantly innovating to help our clients, we have a host of features in development for our seed-to-sale software. One of the most significant improvements currently in development for AirMed is built-in Quality Management.

A Quality Management System (QMS) can help your organization mitigate regulatory risk by providing the tools you need to meet the requirements and standards for Health Canada’s Good Production Practices. But risk reduction is not the only benefit of QMS. You can also improve efficiency, provide consistent control over processes, and much more. As a result, we’re building a range of QMS features into AirMed including the following.

  • Escalation and Tracking: Escalation and tracking will be available for use in any area of the facility such as plant growth incidents, extraction incidents, order and fulfillment incidents.
  • Vendor Approval Process: A multi-level approval process will be supported for new vendors who supply products.
  • Enhanced Received Product Management: New features are being added for received product quarantine, testing and release for use. The new functionality will support having certain received products undergo QA to ensure they match specifications. QA results can be uploaded to support this workflow.
  • SOP Management: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are critical to QMS, and we will be adding SOP management for current and historical SOPs with auto-versioning to track changes in procedures.
  • Electronic Signatures: Electronic signatures will be available for workflows such as destruction, sanitation, and processes that need approval from a responsible person in charge.
  • Case Management for Plant Issues: With new support for both SMS and MMS notifications, a grow tech concerned about a plant will be able to send a photo to the head grower for instant review.

We’re working hard to meet shifting customer needs and market demands in the Canadian cannabis industry, turning your feedback into important product advancements. AirMed seed-to-sale business solutions go beyond compliance to help licensed producers cultivate success.

If you’d like to read about Canada’s Good Production Practices for Cannabis, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/cannabis-regulations-licensed-producers/good-production-practices-guide.html

For more information about AirMed visit our software page.

If you have specific questions or would like a free demo of AirMed, please contact an AirMed sales representative by filling out one of our contact forms or calling 1-877-313-2442.


Report says Cannabis Contributed $43.5 Billion to Canada’s GDP since legalization

The industry analysts at Deloitte Canada have published an annual report on the Canadian cannabis industry. Posted February 1, 2022, the report is titled, “An industry makes its mark: the economic and social impact of Canada’s cannabis sector.”

The authors of the report wrote, “Canada’s cannabis industry is generating billions for the country’s economy and government coffers… In the span of three years, the Canadian cannabis sector has found its footing and emerged as a thriving new source of economic growth, creating and supporting tens of thousands of jobs in communities countrywide.”

The report is based on a study that uses an input-output methodology to estimate the economic contributions of the Canadian cannabis sector.

To read more about this report visit: Deloitte Canada

To download the full report in PDF visit: An industry makes its mark


Software Validation for Cannabis Processors

One of the challenges for cannabis processers is that regulations require them to validate their extraction practices. In many cases, those practices involve the use of software. Therefore, any software used in relation to production must be validated along with the practices.

As tracking production reliability is an important part of meeting compliance, most tracking involves the use of software.

Software vendors are responsible for ensuring the software the sell works as described. But, validating that software is the responsibility of the processor. Why? Because every organization operates differently, and validation must be done in relation to actual production practices.

If you are using AirMed as your system-of-record, you will need to validate our software as it is used in your facility.

AirMed helps you through the validation process by providing test scripts that can be used to validate each task in the workflows that relate to extraction processes. These test scripts show what the software was designed to do, how the software should be used for that specific task and what the end result should be.

We can provide you with a validation report outlining how we meet software vendor compliance. Our validation report details how our software complies with security, privacy and accessibility requirements. AirMed software has been designed to not only meet compliance with Canada’s Cannabis Act but also to support and comply with Federal and Provincial privacy legislation and regulations (PIPEDA, PIPA, PHIPA, PHIA). AirMed also meets the standards outlined in the US FDA 21 CFR Part 11, which many other specifications are based on.

Our internal procedures have been through an external vendor audit for the pharmaceutical industry and passed with no observations.

If you’d like to learn more about good production practices for cannabis in Canada, the Government of Canada has published GPP guidance information here: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/cannabis-regulations-licensed-producers/good-production-practices-guide/guidance-document.html

For more information on how AirMed helps you meet compliance, visit our Compliance page or our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you’d like to discuss your specific needs, please give us a call at 1-877-313-2442 or use one of the contact forms to start the ball rolling.


AirMed Welcomes 2022

AirMed Canada Systems Inc. was founded in 2014. That makes AirMed one of the oldest seed-to-sale software companies in Canada (and possibly the oldest).

This year, 2022, is our eighth in business. We’ve seen many changes in the cannabis industry in those years.

The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) was replaced by the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) in 2014. The ACMPR was then replaced by the Cannabis Act in 2017. The decriminalization of cannabis in Canada evolved into legalization in 2018.

While not the first country to legalize cannabis for recreational use, Canada was the largest at the time and seen as the leader in legalization. The world watched as our country scrambled to get a new industry up and running.

Huge amounts of capital flooded in as investors jumped on what they expected to be a gravy train. But the train ran slower than many predicted, and in the retail cannabis world, the train behaved more like a rollercoaster.

Along the route, some cannabis-related businesses went public, others merged or were acquired. Many start-ups derailed without gaining any ground.

To date, hundreds of cultivators and processors have been licensed in Canada, rather than the thousands that were anticipated. But of those, more than 100 are using AirMed to manage their seed-to-sale processes.

AirMed is proud to have been one of the first on the cannabis industry train in Canada. With a philosophy of steady managed growth, our company continues to operate at a sustainable level. As the train moves forward, whether slow or fast, AirMed is committed to staying onboard.

Happy New Year!


Deloitte Report Discusses Retail Cannabis Pricing Dynamics

With the help of BDSA and Hifyre, the analysts at Deloitte Canada examined consumer sales data alongside Deloitte’s recent survey of cannabis consumer preferences. The goal? To better understand pricing dynamics in both the Canadian and American adult-use cannabis markets.

“We discovered some fundamental similarities between cannabis and consumer packaged goods (CPG) markets—and some key differences.”

This report, titled “Price. It’s Complicated,” gives a close look at how cannabis behaves like a typical CPG (consumer packaged goods) market and the dynamics at play when it doesn’t. The report outlines some recommendations for companies looking to stay competitive in the challenging environment of this young industry.

To read more about this report visit: Deloitte Canada

To download the full report in PDF visit: Price. It’s Complicated.


Managing Extracts, Edibles & Topicals in AirMed

For those wishing to process extracts, edibles and topicals, AirMed offers comprehensive features dedicated to these classes of cannabis.

Extracts, edibles and topicals are categorized as special classes of cannabis due to the unique public health and safety risks they present. As a result, these cannabis products have specific requirements pertaining to their formulation, production and composition.

Health Canada licensed processors have a broad base of data management needs to maintain compliance and accurately complete the monthly CTLS report. AirMed has developed a full range of functionality to meet those needs.

As with all elements of our system, comprehensive tracking and reporting is available. AirMed tracks and reports on every aspect of processing with specific fields for managing extracts, edibles, and topicals as well as their materials and lots.

Access to the AirMed software functionality that manages these cannabis classes is controlled on a user-by-user basis. Workforce management in our software utilizes configurable departments and job roles to control which workflows workers are authorized to use. You determine who is given rights to these production areas based on the needs of assigned job roles.

The AirMed cannabis record management system has separate production sections for extracts, edibles and topicals with workflows designed specifically to meet their requirements

AirMed offers workflows for storing extractions after processing for further processing or for blending with other materials and more. Weights are tracked to five decimal places for precision and reporting.

Packaged products can be sold individually to medical clients or as packaged products to recreational users.

Packaging features in AirMed include the ability to create discrete units such as edible gummies or gel caps, which can be recorded individually in groups or as bulk packages.

Packaging of discrete units can be one discrete unit in a package, multiple discrete units in a package, or bulk discrete units in a bulk package for either storage or to sell as bulk units to another licensed producer.

All labels are produced and created from within AirMed and can be customized to your needs.

To facilitate the sale of products to provincial warehouses, AirMed offers GS1 barcoding and configuration for tracking product cases and master cases.

Inventory management in AirMed is designed to provide a centralized view of your current stock levels of all products to help control costs, manage planning, and forecast with extensive reporting tools.

Shipping is easy with built-in functionality and integration with Purolator services.
Each field related to extractions, packaging, discrete units, samples, and order fulfilment is automatically included by AirMed in Health Canada CTLS and CRA monthly reporting.

With more stringent requirements for these cannabis classes comes a greater need for control and risk mitigation. Quality management (QMS) helps you provide the finest you can offer while reducing risks.

To give our clients the best chance of cultivating success, we’re building a range of QMS features into AirMed to support Good Production Practices (GPP) and a Preventive Control Program (PCP).

No other cannabis record management system offers the breadth of functionality, ease of use, and comprehensive features to cover all classes of cannabis and help you control cost.

  • Dried cannabis
  • Fresh cannabis
  • Cannabis plants
  • Cannabis plant seeds
  • Edible cannabis
  • Cannabis extracts
  • Cannabis topicals

To read about the Health Canada requirements related to processing cannabis extractions, edibles and topicals, read the guidelines at: Government of Canada.

For more information about the features in AirMed, visit our Software page.

To schedule a free demo of AirMed, please use the button at the top of the screen or fill out any of the contact forms.

And if you’d like to learn more about any of the features mentioned, give us a call at 1-877-313-2442.

 


Future Cannabis Strategies Europe Conference 2022: Jan 26-27 in London

The Future Cannabis Strategy Conference brings together key opinion leaders from some of the biggest brands in the industry with an exciting mix of large–mid-small sized disruptive companies that have shaken up the category with new offerings and methods.

Explore the CBD industry including Cannabis Products & Devices, Beverages, Tobacco, Cosmetics & Nutraceuticals, together with solution providers for two full days of insight, discussion.

The event promises intellectually driven presentations with a mix of case studies, panels and keynotes. Attendees will learn how to devise strategies, learn from successful companies and implement new methodologies that ensure successful growth and development across a variety of cannabis categories.

For more information visit: Future Cannabis Conference


QMS-GPP Planning According to ISO:9000

Introduction

Quality management is the practice of ensuring consistency in products and services throughout your organization. A Quality Management System (QMS) helps your cannabis business provide customers with the best you can offer while mitigating risks using tools that support Health Canada’s Good Production Practices.

A Quality Management System-Good Production Practices Plan provides an overview of the quality management system that an organization has in place. Although there are many standards in the world, ISO:9000 is one of the most respected. And according to ISO:9000 standards, the plan must contain the following.

Quality Policy (ISO:9000 clause 5.2): A quality statement can be derived from a mission statement and/or vision statement, but should explain the organization’s commitment to quality

Quality Objectives (ISO:9000 clause 6.2): These can be the organization’s objectives from a business plan, again, as long as they contain a commitment to quality

Criteria for Evaluation and Selection of Suppliers: As quality management and good production practices are often dependent on supplies and equipment that come from other organizations, organizations need to have a criteria in place for evaluating their suppliers to ensure that they select suppliers that meet QMS and GPP standards

Scope of the QMS: This is a list of all SOPs with brief descriptions/purposes

Quality Product Statement

ISO:9000 requires your organization’s quality policy to be appropriate to your organization’s strategic direction and operational direction (context).

Your organization must understand and identify all the influences that affect its business and ensure that the strategy and direction takes quality into consideration. Your organization will need to review its current quality policy regularly to ensure that any changes in context, interested parties or other requirements are reflected, and to determine whether your organization’s objectives are affected. (ISO 9001:2015 – 6.2.1a.)

Following is an example.

Company ABC produces cannabis products for distribution in Canada according to the regulations in the Cannabis Act. The Company has developed its production system through experience and its aim is to achieve a high standard of production and products to its customers.

It is the policy of Company ABC to provide the customer with goods to the agreed requirement in accordance with the details and price.

The Directors, Management and Staff are responsible for Quality Control through the Quality Management System seeking improvement by constant review, with suppliers and sub-contractors being encouraged to co-operate. The Company is committed to achieving customer satisfaction by the use of quality procedures which will be operated to meet or exceed the requirements of [the Cannabis Act and/or ISO 9001 or other quality system].

Quality Objectives

The quality objectives should act as a driver for continual improvement. To meet quality standards, your organization will be required to ensure that you continually improve products and services to meet customer requirements and to measure effectiveness of the processes responsible.

Following is an example.

Company ABC strives to be the best provider of cannabis products in Canada. Through the use of this guiding principle, everyone in Company ABC is accountable for fully satisfying our customers and authorities by meeting or exceeding their needs and expectations with best-in-class production practices. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction and compliance 100% of the time.

Our Quality Policy is defined and strongly driven by the following objectives:

1. Meet all compliance requirements for all levels of governments and regulatory agencies

2. Build a mutually profitable relationship with our customers, ensuring their long-term success, through the understanding of their needs and the needs of their customers as well

3. Achieve our commitments for quality, cost, and schedule

4. Use of best preventive practices at all levels and ensure reliable risk management

5. Drive continual improvement and innovation based upon efficient business processes, well-defined measurements, best practices, and customer surveys

6. Develop staff competencies, creativity, empowerment and accountability through appropriate development programs and show strong management involvement and commitment

Evaluation and Selection of Suppliers

Supplier evaluation is a system for recording and ranking the performance of a supplier in terms of a variety of criteria and is a must in ISO:9000. A process of vendor rating is essential to effective purchasing. While there is no one right system for supplier evaluation and selection process, the overall objective is to reduce risk and maximize overall value to the purchaser.

Criteria

There are eight common supplier selection criteria:
1. Cost
2. Quality & Safety
3. Delivery
4. Service
5. Social Responsibility
6. Convenience/Simplicity
7. Risk
8. Agility

In the cannabis industry, you should also add a commitment to meeting compliance and/or helping their customers meet compliance.

Methods

There are many other methods of evaluation, and the organization should determine which is the best for its use.

Categorical systems typically use excellent, good, average, poor and so on.

Weighted systems rate on a scale from 1 to 10 or out of 100.

Hierarchical systems give values in relation to each item’s importance. The most important item is given the highest value.

Conclusion

Of course, a quality management system and good production practices plan is only as good as the processes that support it. Creating standard operating procedures and ensuring that all personnel follow them will give you the best chance of success.

For more information about ISO:9000 visit: ISO – ISO 9000 family — Quality management

For information on how AirMed helps you meet compliance, visit our Compliance page.

If you’d like to learn about our quality management and GPP offerings or discuss your specific needs, please give us a call at 1-877-313-2442 or use one of the contact forms.


Grow Up Niagara Falls 2021: Nov. 30–Dec. 2

Grow Up Conference and Expo is focused on the education, collaboration and growth of the cannabis growing industry. Meet licensed producers, suppliers, equipment manufacturers, investors, lawyers, government officials and growing enthusiasts – all in one magnificent location.
Join top growers, suppliers, manufacturers, extraction equipment/services, hundreds of top speakers/keynotes and thousands of delegates together to bring you up-to-date on proven methods, innovations and technology. This year’s expo will include the Grow Up Extraction Zone, presented by Extraction Magazine.

This in-person events is scheduled for November 30 – December 2, 2021 at the ScotiaBank Convention Centre in Niagara, Canada.
For more information visit: https://growupconference.com/


Lift Expo Toronto 2021: Nov 18-21

The Lift & Co. Expo will be making its return to Toronto this November 18-21 at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building.

The Lift Expo pride itself on providing top-notch educational content, enriching thought leadership from the industry’s brightest minds, and of course, fun & authentic networking opportunities.

Featuring hundreds of exhibitors, a band of forward-thinking speakers, and the movers & shakers of the industry, Lift & Co. Expo is the meeting place for cannabis consumers, professionals and media.

For more information visit: Lift Expo