Cannabis Authenticity & Purity Standard Assures Consistent Product Quality

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, July 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On June 23, 2020, Purity-IQ Inc. announced the launch of the Global Cannabis Registry, which also forms part of its voluntary Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliance requirements for third-party certification in the Cannabis Authenticity and Purity Standard (CAPS) and certification program.
Over 25 stakeholders from various cannabis industry sectors in Canada, USA and the EU, participated in the recent CAPS Steering Committee Session to hear more about the need for standardized safety and quality measures throughout the medicinal, edible, beverage, topical and recreational cannabis product supply chain. A Cannabis and hemp are natural products increasingly consumed for their perceived health benefits by those seeking alternative nutrition and medicine to deal with common ailments such as chronic pain, anxiety, infections, and compromised immunity. In many jurisdictions where these products are legally available, government regulations tend to stipulate only the basic safety requirements. In most other established industry sectors, brands, retailers, and consumers demand far more than the minimum regulatory requirements and usually impose more rigorous safety and quality brand protection measures from their suppliers.During the Steering Committee session, Dr. Steven Newmaster, Director of the NHP Research Alliance at the University of Guelph presented the unique and innovative science elements. a??As part of the Medical Cannabis by Shoppers proof of concept, we are now able to uniquely identify a given strain / cultivar based on both metabolite profiles using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and DNA chip bioinformatics. The data analytics form a uniqueA cultivar IP 'Fingerprint' in theA Purity-IQA Global Cannabis Registry, which can be used to verify 'batch-to-batch' consistency in on-going quality assurance programs,a?? states Dr. Newmaster.A Steering Committee participants also interacted with presenters such as Roger Muse, a Vice President at the ANSI American National Accreditation Board (ANAB), who spoke about the value of third-party accreditation, standards, and testing methods specifically designed for the cannabis industry. a??We are excited to be working with Purity-IQ whose CAPS third-party certification will combine requirements for ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation process together with ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory accreditation. As a condition for doing business, the CAPS certification process will provide brands and specifiers with much needed safety and consistency assurances.a??
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