GACP-GMP Assessment Tools

AHPA Board of Trustees approves two new guidance resources for the hemp industry

July 2021: Latest guidance documents developed by AHPA’s Cannabis Committee

The AHPA Board of Trustees approved two new guidance resources for the hemp industry during its meeting on Tuesday June 29, 2021. The resources are the latest guidance documents developed by AHPA’s Cannabis Committee, which was formed in 2010 to address issues related to the safe use and responsible commerce of legally-marketed products derived from Cannabis species, including products derived from hemp as legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill.

AHPA updates GACP-GMP guidance to include new appendix on prevention of pyrrolizidine alkaloid contamination

Update replaces the 2017 version of the document

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has updated its guidance document “Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials” (AHPA GACP-GMP) to include a new appendix addressing prevention of pyrrolizidine alkaloid contamination.

GACP-GMP Definitions and Appendices

Definitions of various terms used in the GACP-GMP guidance

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 10: Recommendations for Dietary Ingredient Processors. Supporting information for specific elements can be attached to this form.

Section 2: Botanical Identity and Quality Assessment Tool

All steps in the production of a botanical material must be performed properly to ensure the quality of the finished material

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 2: Botanical Identity and Quality,

Section 8: Further Processing Assessment Tool

After being cleaned and often dried, botanical material may be subject to additional processing such as size reduction or extraction

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 8: Further Processing and Handling

Section 6: Harvest Assessment Tool

Harvest timing, weather conditions, handling of the harvested material, and other factors must be carefully considered

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 6: Harvest of Cultivated and Wild Collected Plant

Section 5: General Farm Standards Assessment Tool

Guidelines in this section are intended to apply to farms (including wild collectors) that are not subject to 21 CFR Part 112 and are less strict

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 5: General Farm Standards

Section 4: Wild Collection Assessment Tool

Consideration of relevant factors will help ensure wild collection operations yield properly identified botanicals materials of the desired quality in a sustainable manner

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 4: Wild Collection

Section 3: Cultivation Assessment Tool

Many factors must be considered and controlled in the cultivation of botanicals

This form is for use in conjunction with Section 3: Cultivation.

GACP-GMP Operations Categories

Learn which sections of the AHPA GACP-GMP document are applicable to which operations

The operational categories provide direction regarding the sections of the AHPA GACP-GMP document that are applicable to the described operational functions. Companies may have operations that encompass one or more of these categories and should utilize all sections of the document that may be applicable to their operations.
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