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 also provide you with a validation report outlining how we meet software vendor compliance. Our validation report also 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.

We can also provide information on the standard operating procedures we use internally as well as how our software is developed and tested for quality assurance. Our internal procedures have been through an external vendor audit for the pharmaceutical industry and passed with no observations.

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.


Role-based Management in AirMed

Role-based management in AirMed helps control employee access to the software system.

Actions within AirMed are linked to roles. When you assign a role to an employee, you allow access to those actions.

Employees can be assigned to the roles that correspond to the requirements of their jobs. Employees not assigned to specific roles are prevented from accessing the associated workflows.

For example, if a staff member is new and working in cultivation, you can create a role that only provides access to certain actions in the Source Material, Batch, and Lot Details screens. All other action items will not be visible. This lets you restrict access to parts of the system, based on a user’s job function within your organization.

AirMed has several roles defined by default, but you can create as many roles as required. You can also edit or rename existing roles to match your organization’s workflows. Within each role you can specify which actions are associated.

For more information about how roles can help you manage employee access, contact us today by using one of the contact forms or by calling 1-877-313-2442.

For more information on how AirMed helps you business, visit our Software 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 is still 100% Canadian owned

As US corporations buy up seed-to-sale software companies in Canada, AirMed is still 100% Canadian owned.

AirMed was created in 2014 to help Canadian licensed producers meet compliance at all levels of government. Continuously innovating since then, we believe that building a culture of quality is an important part of our customers’ success. This commitment to quality is why a growing list of cultivators, nurseries, processors, manufacturers, and dispensaries use AirMed.

We rely on industry requirements and customer feedback to drive AirMed development, rather than investor pressure. We encourage our users to tell us what matters most to them in a cannabis management system. This feedback helps guide us in adapting AirMed to improve efficiency, productivity and user experience.

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 for nearly eight years.

Contact AirMed for a demo today to see what homegrown can do for you. Call us at (877) 313-2442 or use the contact form in the footer of this page.

For more information about AirMed, visit our About page or our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you’d like to have a conversation about AirMed, please give us a call at 1-877-313-2442 or use one of the contact forms to start the ball rolling.


Support for GS-1 Barcoding Standards in AirMed

AirMed software offers full functionality for multi-level packaging with layered barcoding that meets GS-1 barcode standards. This is the standard required to sell to provincial government distributors.

Licensed producers who use AirMed can assemble retail-ready individual product packages using a ‘master case’ system and identify and track products at each packaging level.

AirMed software offers full SKU and barcode management that supports GS-1 barcoding standards. Pricing can be set at the package or master case SKU, and custom pricing can be set for specific SKUs by customer. The software offers features for creating and processing the orders as well as fulfilling and shipping them to provincial agencies.

Our master case processing lets you use layered barcoding for individual containers through to cases of multiple containers. The AirMed track-and-trace system allows retail packages to be traced to the lot or batch and ultimately back to the original genetic material. And AirMed has a comprehensive multi-step recall process that completely automates recalls if they are ever needed.

To schedule a live demonstration of AirMed Cloud software, call us at 1-877- 313-2442 or click the Request Demo button at the top of the screen.

For more information on how AirMed helps your business, visit our Software 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.


Manage Plants Individually or by Group in AirMed

AirMed gives you the flexibility to choose whether to manage plants individually or in groups.

Individually managed plants allow for each plant to be tracked independently using its unique barcode. This method of tracking the plants offers full precision by providing detailed information about the individual plant and letting you perform actions on each plant separately. Plant actions are recorded by scanning the barcode associated with the plant using a tag or container label.

Individual management is usually reserved for small batches or for mother plants where tracking of the individual plant is beneficial. Group management is recommended for larger crops intended for harvest as the tracking is simplified.

Group-managed plants are recorded by counts and do not need to be identified by a unique barcode, so there is no requirement to print off labels for each plant. When selecting plants to perform an action at the batch level, a count of plants is recorded for either a table or a room.

Plants are propagated as part of a batch, and records are maintained through each grow phase such as drying or harvesting at the batch level. The production process ends with the creation of a lot, which is linked directly to the batch. Post-production, including bulk storage or packages, is also tracked by the batch.

By default, plants are individually managed until you make the decision to covert them to group management. AirMed lets you choose which method is the most appropriate and efficient while still maintaining accurate records.

To find out more about AirMed features like group management, call us today at 1-877-313-2442 or use one of the contact forms to request a free demo.


CTLS Reporting in AirMed

Always innovating to help our customers meet the regulatory challenges they face daily, AirMed offers a new automated system for CTLS reporting.

As mandated by the Cannabis Act, Health Canada requires that licensees submit a Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS) report every month for every licensed site. This reporting applies to cultivators and processors (including micro, standard or nursery), as well as sellers of medical cannabis and provincial or territorial authorities, distributors and retailers.

Full Export

Using our new full export process, thousands of reported fields tracked by AirMed will automatically populate the standard spreadsheet template provided by Health Canada. Not only is the time required to complete monthly reports reduced, but the potential for human error often encountered in manual data entry is eliminated.

Summary Reports

AirMed also includes a suite of CTLS summary reports offering breakdowns of key fields with direct links to detailed reports. You can identify the values used to calculate a final total and also find the exact inventory records used to calculate those values, all from one page. Inventory validation has never been easier.

 

For more information or for a free demonstration of our automated CTLS reporting, please call 1-877-313-2442 or use on of the contact forms on the site.


Quality Assurance in AirMed

AirMed provides licensed producers with a complete framework to establish and validate a quality assurance system.

The AirMed QA system is based on pre-defined North American and European pharmacopeia.

The system tracks testing results for the samples taken at any stage of production and enables shipping of samples to third-party QA labs. Results and certificate of analysis documents are logged and used to determine if the material the sample was derived from is acceptable for sale. Test results are verified by an authorized QA person and a passed or failed status is assigned to each data point. The QA results are maintained in the system and can be referenced at any point to review the values.

From reviewing non-conformance to documenting and communicating findings, AirMed helps you maintain your desired level of quality. Tracking attention to detail for every process gives you total confidence in your product.

For more information about quality assurance in AirMed, visit our Software page.  You can also schedule a live preview of the software by clicking the Request Demo button at the top of the screen. Or give us a call at 1-877-313-2442.


Reporting & Auditing in AirMed

AirMed software is specifically designed to meet or exceed Cannabis Act regulations with full audit support capabilities and comprehensive reporting. AirMed regularly passes Health Canada inspections. For more information visit our Compliance page.

AirMed is designed to support and comply with federal, provincial and local legislation. In fact, AirMed meets the USA’s FDA 21 CFR Part 11 regulations. Considered to be some of the most comprehensive electronic record keeping specifications in the world, they are the basis for the standards set by many countries.

AirMed pulls all the required information for all government reporting, whether monthly, quarterly, or annually. Reports are built in for Cannabis Licensing & Tracking System (CTLS) and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Supporting sub-reports provide the necessary validation detail. Export data to other systems or print reports to retain the required information outside of AirMed as archived printed or electronic records.

Every action/workflow in AirMed is auditable, and built-in audit reports & forms provide complete product traceability. Inventory, recall, destruction and other reports can be generated as needed. Authorized site auditors can be given access to perform inspections of records. AirMed retains all data indefinitely and lets you export or print reports to be held for required retention periods for audit purposes.

For more information about AirMed’s reporting and auditing features, schedule a free demo by clicking the Request Demo button at the top of the page or by using the contact form in the footer. You can also call us directly at 1-877-313-2442.


How Secure is AirMed Software?

AirMed seed-to-sale software is a Cloud-based platform hosted in a third-party, Tier 3, SSAE 18 SOC1/SOC2 compliant, hardened data center in Canada, and all data remains in Canada. The same data center is used by Canadian banks and government agencies to secure their web-based applications. All data in AirMed is protected by fully managed and monitored enterprise firewalls and intrusion detection/prevention systems.

All communication between the browser and the server is encrypted using SSL. Sensitive data is additionally encrypted while at rest in the database. When a barcode is scanned, the resulting code is input into a field within the web browser. This data is then encrypted and sent to the server for processing.

Administrators can configure access based on an employee security profile so that individual workers only have access to the functions and data that relates to their job responsibilities. Electronic signatures and multi-factor authentication ensure only authorized users can access information and complete tasks. Full audit trails for every record and every action in the system allows administrators to review changes anywhere at any time.

All data is backed-up both locally in the data centre for near-line recovery and to a secure offsite location in Canada for disaster recovery purposes.

To learn more about AirMed’s privacy and security, contact us today by using the contact form or by clicking the Request Demo button at the top of the screen. You can also give us a call at 1-877-313-2442.


AirMed Compliance Documents for Health Canada Cannabis License Applicants

The Cannabis Act requires that license applicants provide information on how they expect to meet certain compliance requirements.

We offer full support throughout your license application process and provide documentation that outlines how AirMed meets Health Canada requirements. If you plan to use AirMed for compliance after you are licensed, you submit the documents we supply as part of your application. We also partner with specialists in licensing applications and business management if you need more help.

For applicants who expect to use AirMed to help meet compliance, we provide two comprehensive documents designed for submission with license applications.

AirMed Record Keeping Compliance: This document provides an overview of how AirMed provides support to enable a licensed producer to be compliant with the record keeping & reporting requirements of the Cannabis Act and Regulations (CAR) and the former Canadian Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). This document is intended to assist compliance auditors and internal compliance leaders in assessing readiness in relation to CAR requirements, as well as security and privacy standards.

AirMed Good Practices Compliance: This document provides an overview of how AirMed provides support to enable a licensed producer to be compliant with the good practices requirements of the Cannabis Act and Regulations (CAR).

For more information or to purchase our compliance documents, please call 1-877-313-2442 or email info@airmed.ca. You can also fill out the contact form in the footer.

For more information on how AirMed helps you meet compliance, visit our Compliance page or our Frequently Asked Questions page.


AirMed and FDA CFR 21

We are sometimes asked if AirMed meets FDA standards. First, please be aware that the FDA is a department of the US government. The specific portion of FDA regulations relevant to software such as AirMed is part CFR 21. As it is an American standard, Health Canada does not require CFR Part 21 compliance as part of the Cannabis Act Regulations. And while AirMed was designed for the Canadian cannabis industry and to comply with Health Canada regulations, AirMed does conform to CFR Part 21 with respect to electronic record keeping, audit trails, and electronic signatures. 

Many agencies throughout the world are responsible for issuing and enforcing regulations that affect businesses. The regulations affecting software such as AirMed are typically those related to records management compliance. And while there are many regulatory agencies involved in records management, for the most part the regulations themselves are similar from country to country and agency to agency. The purpose of them, in general, is to ensure the security, confidentiality and authentication of electronic records.

The U.S. FDA regulates food, drugs, medical devices, biologics, animal feed and drugs, cosmetics and radiation-emitting products such as cell phones for the U.S.A. The FDA’s rules for manufacturing and distribution are designed to protect consumers and promote public health. In the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 21 deals with Food & Drugs. Until recently, the regulations in this title required paper records with handwritten signatures.

Back in 1997, part 11 of 21 CFR was enacted to cover the use of electronic records and electronic signatures. Commonly known as 21 CFR 11, this part defines the criteria “under which the agency considers electronic records, electronic signatures, and handwritten signatures executed to electronic records to be trustworthy, reliable, and generally equivalent to paper records and handwritten signatures executed on paper.”

Essentially, the concerns about using electronic records are that records may be lost in a system crash, the data may become corrupt or modifications may be made without proper authorization. In addition, since printed documents with hand-written signatures are recognized as legally binding on the signators, the agencies are looking for ways to make electronic records similarly binding on their owners. The regulations have been proposed to ensure that whenever an organization replaces printed documents with electronic data, there are checks and balances in place to ensure integrity of the electronic records so that they can be legally equivalent to printed records.

AirMed has a range of features that satisfy standards for security, authentication, validation and auditing as outlined in 21 CFR 11 and other regulations.

For more detailed information visit: Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) | FDA

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 Recognized as Underlying Technology Software for Cannabis Sector

In a recent article by venture capital company Canopy Rivers, AirMed was recognized as one of the foundation vendors of seed-to-sale software. In a 'market insights" post, Ben Futoriansky, an Associate in Business Development at Canopy Rivers, described specialized cannabis technology suppliers as "picks & shovels" for the sector.

"The sector-agnostic use case of many technology-driven innovations has led to software becoming the foundation in various industries. Following decades of prohibition and patchwork regulations, many established software solutions have not yet been applied to the cannabis sector. This has paved the way for specialized cannabis..."

To read the full article, visit Canopy Rivers.


Implementing AirMed in Your Facility

As a cloud-based platform, AirMed does not require expensive dedicated hardware to operate. Producers are free to use any computing device that supports a web browser. As a result, set up consists mainly of configuring the software to meet your needs. The rest of the time involves learning to use the system and getting your employees up and running.

When you have completed your training, the next step is to configure your Live Production environment.
After you’ve configured and tested your system, it’s time to train other users (your workers) to use AirMed. Once users have been set up as Employees with usernames and passwords, they can access the AirMed Learn environment, which includes various training resources.

Employees can take additional training at a later date to develop skills for different areas of the system — in fact, anyone with access to AirMed can use the Learn environment at any time to learn about new features or refresh their knowledge.

When workers have completed training, you can configure their access to the system and they can get to work.

With AirMed you can implement only the functionality you need right now. For example, you can start by implementing the AirMed Grow module, then when you expand your operation, you add modules that meet your current needs for performing extractions, packaging for provincial sales, selling to medical patients or whatever your business entails.

Of course you will need some equipment in your facility such as weight scales, barcode scanners, and printers. You can choose whatever equipment you wish, but you can also use the AirMed Ecosystem.

To help our clients cultivate success, AirMed has developed strategic partnerships with leading vendors of seed-to-sale production equipment. Our AirMed Ecosystem lets you purchase hardware and software in a turn-key solution for your cannabis business.

We recognize that there is a dizzying selection of products to serve cannabis businesses. To assist our clients, we’ve scoured the market for industry-leading equipment that will help you operate at peak potential.
Each product selected for the AirMed Ecosystem is carefully chosen based on its ability to provide value, lower production costs and increase competitiveness for AirMed customers.

You create the package that’s right for you from pre-configured hardware and software. To learn more about the AirMed Ecosystem, visit the Ecosystem page.

For more information on how AirMed helps specific types of businesses, visit our Customers page or our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Ready to learn more about AirMed and to create the ideal technology ecosystem for your cannabis business? Click the Request Demo button at the top of the screen. You can also call 1-877-313-2442 or use one of the contact forms.


New AirMed version lays groundwork for October 17 Cannabis Act changes

A new version of AirMed seed-to-sale software was released October 16, 2019. This is a substantial build that lays the groundwork for the October 17 changes to the Cannabis Act and CTLS reporting.

The new version offers significant updates to the Received Products section of the cloud-based application including the ability to receive into the facility any type of product (edibles are coming soon) either bulk or packaged. The system now allows product to be transferred to a processor and packaged up, then the packaged material can be received back into the facility.

For received products, users now have the ability to add items to an existing lot, back-date inventory adds, and update finished/unfinished designation for new Health Canada regulations. We’ve also added an extraction material type category for new Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS) reporting requirements, plus the ability to move all plants in batch and print a timeline report for batch details.

If you are a current AirMed customer, please explore the new features in your sandbox service, and let us know if you have any questions by contacting your customer service representative.

To learn more about the Cannabis Act in Canada visit: What you need to know about cannabis – Canada.ca

For more information on how AirMed helps your cannabis business, visit our Software 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 supports wholesaling to provincial distributors

AirMed Cloud seed-to-sale software supports wholesale selling and shipping from licensed producers to other LPs and from LPs to provincial distribution centres.

As a cannabis management system, our software offers full functionality for multi-level packaging with layered barcoding that meets GS-1 barcode standards. LPs using AirMed can assemble retail-ready individual product packages using a ‘master case’ system and identify and track products at each packaging level.

“Our master case processing lets you use layered barcoding for individual containers through to cases of multiple containers,” noted Justin Hearn, President and CEO of AirMed Canada Systems Inc. “AirMed’s track-and-trace system allows retail packages to be traced to the lot or batch and ultimately back to the original genetic material. And AirMed’s comprehensive multi-step recall process completely automates recalls if they are ever needed.”

AirMed software offers full SKU and barcode management that supports GS-1 barcoding standards. Pricing can be set at the package or master case SKU, and custom pricing can be set for specific SKUs by customer. The software offers features for creating and processing the orders as well as fulfilling and shipping them to provincial agencies.

“We’re proud to be supporting our customers with full master case inventory control, GS1 integration, comprehensive wholesale order management, efficient fulfillment and tracking, and compliance reporting,” said Hearn. “AirMed’s wholesale distribution module is helping LPs produce, prepare, sell and ship hundreds of thousands of products to the recreational market right across Canada.”

For more information on how AirMed helps your business, visit our Software 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.


Why you need seed-to-sale software for your cannabis business

Licensing

To do business in the cannabis industry in Canada, you must meet Canada’s licensing requirements. Currently there are several types of licenses for those wishing to carry out cannabis-related business in Canada.

  1. Standard Cultivation
  2. Micro-cultivation
  3. Nursery
  4. Standard Processing
  5. Micro-processing
  6. Sale
  7. Analytical Testing
  8. Research

Regardless of which class of license you get, you will be responsible for complying with all the regulations that apply from the various levels of government.

 

The Laws

The Cannabis Act

Formerly called the ACMPR, this act covers all aspects of cannabis in Canada from growing through processing to selling and more. It is the responsibility of the licensee/applicant to understand and meet all the requirements that apply to their business.

Other Federal Acts and Regulations

As a licensee or applicant, you are responsible for complying with requirements of other Canadian acts and regulations such as the Food and Drugs Act (FDA), the Pest Control Products Act, the Fertilizer Act, among others.

The Canada Revenue Agency

You’ll also need to meet requirements of the Canada Revenue Agency depending on which activities will be conducted with cannabis.

Provincial or Territorial Legislation

As a licensee or applicant, you’ll be responsible for complying with all applicable provincial or territorial laws and regulations (environmental laws, for example).

Municipal By-Laws

As well, you’ll need to deal with municipal by-laws such as zoning and building permits.

 

How can seed-to-sale software help?

From the advent of legal medical marijuana in Canada, legal producers of cannabis have been required to track every seed, plant, gram of waste material, final product, and more. Due to the sheer volume of information, an electronic record-keeping system is the only practical way to manage the process.

The software industry has responded to this need by creating seed-to-sale management software designed to help businesses meet compliance. Seed-to-sale software tracks growth, harvesting, processing, packaging, sales and distribution.

And some seed-to-sale software systems go beyond compliance to help businesses cultivate success with features and functionality to help fine-tune propagation, growth cycles, harvesting, production, derivatives, inventory, staffing, and product sales. AirMed is one of those. Wherever your business fits in the seed-to-sale supply chain, AirMed can help with both legal compliance and business acumen. For a free demo, call 877-313-2442, email info @ airmed.ca or fill out the form on our contact page.

 

For information on cannabis licensing in Canada visit: Cannabis Licensing Application Guide

 

For more information on purchasing seed-to-sale software, fill out a form to download our complete buyer's guide: Seed-to-sale Software Buyer's Guide


Take a look at our new interface!

A new version of AirMed Cloud seed-to-sale software was introduced at the Lift Expo this month in Vancouver.

AirMed is a cloud-based platform designed for licensed cannabis producers in Canada. The new version offers a more graphical interface and streamlined processes.
Originally designed to help licensed producers meet compliance, AirMed has evolved into a comprehensive business management solution for the Canadian cannabis industry.

"We've been developing AirMed since 2014, and no other seed-to-sale software offers the range of functionality we do," said Justin Hearn, President and CEO of AirMed Canada Systems Inc.  "AirMed keeps getting better, and this new interface is the icing on the cake. Not only does it look great, but this release streamlines many processes."

From cultivation and processing through shipping and receiving, AirMed covers all aspects of cannabis business management, including auditing and compliance reporting. From the moment genetics enter your facility, AirMed helps you manage every stage of your business. At every step, processes with compliance implications are streamlined into easy repeatable workflows, capturing the required data as part of doing business. The software provides a complete framework to establish and validate a quality assurance system. From reviewing nonconformance to documenting and communicating findings, AirMed helps you maintain your desired level of quality.

In fact, AirMed is the only business solution you need to manage production, sale and delivery of cannabis while meeting government regulations.

To schedule an AirMed software demo, email info @ airmed.ca or call 1-877- 313-2442.


AirMed's History

Back in 2014, a group of Canadian tech visionaries recognized the opportunities in the emerging cannabis industry in Canada and began building the AirMed software system.

AirMed’s founders have decades of experience in the technology sector with expertise creating business-to-business applications for highly regulated industries including pharmaceutical, healthcare, law enforcement and financial services.

Originally designed to help licensed producers meet compliance, AirMed has evolved into a comprehensive business management solution for the Canadian cannabis industry.

Named for the goddess of healing herbs, AirMed has become one of the leading seed-to-sale systems in Canada. With the introduction of the AirMed Ecosystem, AirMed offers a turn-key solution with integrated hardware and software to help producers become more productive and profitable.

For more information on AirMed, visit our About 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. You can also book a demo of AirMed by clicking the Request Demo button or using any of the contact forms.