IMC - G.A.P Standard for growing medical cannabis
The Director General's Directive IMC – G.A.P – Growing Cannabis according to Procedure 51 was issued on May 21, 2017.
The G.A.P Standard – the Standard for Good Agricultural Practice – is based on the international standard for good growing of fruit and vegetables GLOBAL G.A.P.IFA 4.0 (FV), Mar.13
For the Director General's Directive Procedure 51 Growing Cannabis for Medical Purposes, Click Here.
Any practice with the cannabis plant or its products, such as cultivation, production, marketing, possession, distribution, laboratory tests, supply or research, is required the appropriate licenses from the Ministry of Health. The license for growing cannabis plants is issued by the Ministry of Health's Director General or the Director of Yakar, the Medicinal Cannabis Department at the Ministry of Health.
This procedure is intended to create control and supervision of medical cannabis in order to ensure a high quality level supply chain for medical cannabis, including cultivation, production, distribution and supply.
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Procedure for obtaining the G.A.P Standard for Growing Cannabis for Medical Purposes
Understanding the Organization
Begins with understanding the environment in which the organization operates and the work processes according to which the Standard will be implemented.
Writing procedures and documents
Defining the work methods according to which the organization is operating, in a clear language, suitable for all the organization's employees and as required by the Standard.
Training and Implementation
"Aligning" of work processes that are known to the employees with the quality processes that we will integrate into the organization's activities.
Completion and closing gaps
Final preparations for the certification audit (= license) and a review of the completions and gaps that were defined to conform to the requirements of the Standard.
Audit and receiving the license
The applicant for IMC-G.A.P submits a request to the certification body for the certification process.
The Certification Institute reviewer will review the organization's quality management system and following the audit's results, the organization will receive a certificate according to the G.A.P Standard.
Yakar will issue a unique identification number (registration number) to the certification body, on behalf of the applicant, which will identify the applicant and will serve as a unique identification.
Which approvals exist in the medical cannabis industry?
License for growing/cultivating cannabis – Cannabis will only be grown in appropriate greenhouses on cannabis farms that hold a valid license according to the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance. The growing license holder may dispatch cannabis only to a licensed manufacturing plant.
License for a cannabis products manufacturing plant – Cannabis products will only be manufactured in manufacturing plants for cannabis products that hold a valid license according to the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance. Parts of the cannabis plant will be processed into products in manufacturing plants for cannabis products that are conducted in accordance with the appropriate professional standards.
Cannabis Products Trading License – Cannabis products will be transported to cannabis trading companies that hold a valid license according to the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance. The trading companies are conducted in accordance with appropriate professional standards (the existing GDP Standard for Pharmaceutical Trading House adjusted for cannabis trading companies) from which the products will be distributed to the pharmacies.
Pharmacy License to supply cannabis products – Cannabis products will be supplied by pharmacies that submit a request and meet the required conditions. The pharmacies will supply cannabis products to patients that hold a permit to consume medical cannabis and in accordance with the license terms. The pharmacists supply and administration of cannabis products will be carried out according to the instructions of the Ministry of Health.