As a cannabis producer, it’s vital to familiarize yourself and your staff with the Installation Qualification, Operational Qualification, and Performance Qualification processes. Check out an overview of the IQ, OQ, and PQ process for cannabis producers.
The Installation Qualification process (IQ) is used to confirm whether new equipment is effective enough to perform properly to the design qualifications. Here is a breakdown of what this process tests.
- Whether the machine is in a safe and functional location with proper spacing
- The power and other energy sources must meet the needs of the machine
- The environment must be ideal
- The use of IQ stickers to tag different instruments
Once you’ve completed the Installation Qualification process, it’s time to start the process of Operational Qualification process (OQ). This process tests your equipment to ensure it performs consistently up to par with the operator’s regulations. Below is a brief overview of what the OQ tests.
- Ensures the LEDs function properly
- Checks the temperature fluctuations
- Ensures the functionality of the overheating and low-temperature protection items
- Checks the humidity controls
The last step of the process is the Performance Qualification process (PQ). This part of the process verifies and documents the equipment’s performance. Check out some of what the PQ process checks for.
- Tests for the limits of the equipment
- Ensures the data catalogs record properly and analyze during testing processes
- Conducts quality control checks at different parts of the production process
- Ensures there is a scientific method in place for decisions based on statistical data
Bringing an overview of the IQ, OQ, and PQ process for cannabis producers along on your production journey is one of the best ways to ensure the quality and functionality of your facility. Check out our selection of products at Beaker and Wrench, such as a digital PID temperature controller.