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Proposed Guide Aims to Support Quality Management in Cannabis Industry

A new guide proposed by ASTM International’s cannabis committee (D37) will help organizations in the industry to develop their own internal Corrective Action/Preventive Action (CAPA) processes and procedures.  CAPA systems are a key part of quality management, according to committee members.

Specifically, CAPA systems focus on investigating, understanding, and correcting discrepancies to prevent recurrence of undesired issues such as laboratory testing failures, product complaints, and product non-conformances. 

CAPA systems support formalized quality management systems (QMS) which document processes, procedures, and responsibilities for achieving key objectives.  These systems also help coordinate and direct an organization’s activities to meet customer and regulatory requirements.

For more information on this effort, go here (WK60084). Last week more than 100 of the cannabis committee’s over 400 members met in San Diego, California, USA, as part of the regularly scheduled standards development meetings. For more information on cannabis committee activities, please watch this video.

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