Cannabis Safety and Quality Certification
The Cannabis Safety & Quality (CSQ) Standards were launched in 2020 to promote industry best practices and improve the overall safety and quality of cannabis and cannabis-infused products in the market.
Cannabis Audits and Certification:
- Cannabis Safety and Quality (CSQ)
- Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
audits to ensure that cannabis companies meet rigorous standards for safety, quality, and regulatory compliance. Our team of experienced auditors brings a wealth of industry knowledge and regulatory expertise to assess every aspect of the cannabis supply chain.
From cultivation and extraction to product formulation, packaging, and distribution, we meticulously evaluate operations and processes to identify compliance gaps and areas for improvement.
ASI's tailored audit approach not only helps companies meet regulatory requirements but also enhances product quality, safety, and consumer trust, reinforcing the integrity of the burgeoning cannabis industry.
The term "CSQ audit" refers to a "Cannabis Safety and Quality" audit. These audits are conducted to assess and ensure that cannabis products meet specific safety and quality standards, often in accordance with regulatory requirements. CSQ audits can cover various aspects of the cannabis supply chain, including cultivation, processing, product formulation, packaging, and distribution.
During a CSQ audit, trained auditors evaluate various factors such as product safety, quality control procedures, labeling and packaging, good manufacturing practices, and compliance with local and national regulations. The primary goal is to identify and address potential risks, ensure consumer safety, and enhance product quality in the rapidly growing and evolving cannabis industry.
The findings and recommendations from CSQ audits can help cannabis companies improve their operations, achieve compliance, and build a reputation for producing safe and high-quality products. These audits are crucial for maintaining consumer trust, meeting regulatory requirements, and ensuring the long-term success of cannabis businesses in a competitive market.
The CSQ Certification Program and applicable standards were built around ISO/IEC 17067.
cGMP Audit | cGAP Audit
CSQ’s cGMP and cGAP audits are the first step within a systematic continuous improvement process that was structured to help cannabis and hemp operations develop effective cannabis safety and quality management systems.
These standards were developed as a solution for small and medium size cannabis organizations who do not have a robust cannabis safety and quality system in place. Once a facility is certified to the CSQ cGMP or cGAP standard, they can take their program to the next level with cGMP+ or cGAP+.
cGMP+ Audit | cGAP+ Audit
CSQ’s cGMP+ and cGAP+ audits are the second step within a systematic continuous improvement process that was structured to help cannabis and hemp operations develop effective cannabis safety and quality management systems.
These standards were developed as a solution for small and medium size cannabis organizations who want to elevate their existing cannabis safety and quality system to the next level. Once a facility is certified to the CSQ cGMP+ or cGAP+ standard, they can take their program to the highest level with an accredited CSQ certification audit.
CSQ Standards | CSQ Audit | CSQ Certification
CSQ’s accredited certification program is the last step within a systematic continuous improvement process that was structured to help cannabis and hemp operations develop effective cannabis safety and quality management systems.
These standards were developed as a solution for cannabis organizations of all sizes who want to be held to only the highest cannabis safety and quality standards.
Growing and Cultivation of Cannabis Plants
GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) audits for the growing and cultivation of cannabis plants are an essential component of ensuring product quality and safety in the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. These audits evaluate every stage of the cultivation process, from soil quality and pest management to harvesting and post-harvest handling.
Manufacturing and Extraction of Cannabis
GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) audits for the manufacturing and extraction of cannabis represent a critical step in ensuring the quality, safety, and consistency of cannabis-derived products. These audits encompass a comprehensive evaluation of manufacturing processes, equipment, and product handling from extraction to final formulation.
Manufacturing and Infusion of Cannabis into Food & Beverage Products
GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) audits for the manufacturing and infusion of cannabis into food and beverage products are pivotal in upholding product quality, safety, and regulatory compliance within the cannabis edibles sector. These audits encompass a thorough examination of manufacturing processes, ingredient sourcing, quality control, and packaging, ensuring that cannabis-infused products meet stringent standards.
Manufacturing of Cannabis Dietary Supplements
GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) audits for the manufacturing of cannabis dietary supplements are a cornerstone of ensuring the quality, safety, and efficacy of these products in a fast-evolving industry. These audits involve a comprehensive assessment of manufacturing processes, ingredient sourcing, quality control, and labeling, all designed to meet rigorous regulatory standards.
GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) audits for cannabis retailers are a fundamental step toward maintaining the highest standards of product quality and safety in the rapidly growing cannabis retail sector. These audits encompass various aspects, including inventory management, storage, and customer-facing practices.
Manufacturing of Cannabis Cosmetics
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Here are some of the key benefits of cGMP certification for cannabis companies:
- Increased consumer confidence: Consumers are increasingly demanding safe and high-quality cannabis products. cGMP certification demonstrates to consumers that your company has met rigorous standards for manufacturing and quality control.
- Improved access to markets: Many states and countries require cGMP certification for cannabis companies that want to sell their products in regulated markets. cGMP certification can help you to gain access to these important markets.
- Reduced risk of regulatory fines: Cannabis companies that violate cGMP regulations can face significant fines. cGMP certification can help you to avoid these fines and protect your company from financial losses.
- Enhanced brand reputation: cGMP certification is a valuable asset for cannabis companies that want to build a strong brand reputation. Consumers are more likely to trust companies that have met rigorous standards for manufacturing and quality control.
If you are a cannabis company, cGMP certification is an important step that you can take to improve your business. By complying with cGMP requirements, you can help to ensure the safety and quality of your products, increase consumer confidence, improve access to markets, reduce the risk of regulatory fines, and enhance your brand reputation.