Product Safety

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program closely monitors facility production and product safety. All plant material is tested at independent certified labs to determine potency and to detect contaminants that may be harmful to patients. Plant material that is processed in the permitted forms (edibles, tinctures, lotions, and liquids or solids for vaporization) are subject to additional testing to determine potency and ensure the end product is safe. Furthermore, processing facilities are subject to food safety inspections performed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Product safety starts at the seed and the MMCP regulates each plant from seed to sale.

Facility and Product Compliance

Additionally, the MMCP continuously monitors facilities and its handling of medical marijuana. Ensuring plant material and products are accounted for reduces opportunities for diversion. If a product is identified as noncompliant, the MMCP works to inform patients and licensees of the issue. This could result in a product recall and placing product holds to perform further testing. Each product recall concludes with an executive summary that provides the public with details on product safety and implementation of additional licensee protocols to reduce the likelihood of similar product recalls.

Testing Laboratory Accountability

Testing laboratories are required to obtain ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation within two calendar years of the issuance of a provisional license. ISO/IEC 17025 is the international standard for testing and calibration of laboratories. The testing laboratory’s adherence to accreditation requirements demonstrates it operates a quality management system and is technically competent to perform the tests. Accreditation must be performed by a third-party, non-profit accrediting body that is a signatory to the “International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)” and which operates in accordance with ISO/IEC 17011 “General Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Conformity Assessment Bodies.”

Each testing laboratory must also employ a scientific director who is responsible for supervision of all laboratory staff and ensuring that the laboratory achieves and maintains quality standards of practice that has either 1) a doctorate degree plus two years of experience in a relevant field or 2) a master’s degree plus four years of experience in a relevant field.

Product Complaint Form

The “Product Complaint Form” allows patients to submit product complaints to the MMCP to ensure compliance and product safety. Product safety is the top priority. When the MMCP receives a product complaint, we ascertain whether the communication addresses public health and safety, regulatory compliance, or is a product quality issue. Communications are shared with other members of the MMCP team, which may result in additional communications to licensees to address product issues or other compliance educational opportunities. Our process can vary but not all products issues result in a deficiency.

The Ohio Department of Commerce will work to protect patient information but please note that the submission of product complaint could result in patient information being shared with non-medical entities. 

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