Certification allows the Company to begin to supply medical cannabis across the European Union
First shipment expected to occur in fourth quarter
LEAMINGTON, ON, Jan. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Aphria Inc. ("Aphria" or the "Company") (TSX: APHA and NYSE: APHA) today announced that it has received its European Union Good Manufacturing Practices ("EU GMP") certification in respect of medicinal products for human use and investigational medicinal products for human use, from the Malta Medicines Authority ("MMA") at the Company's subsidiary, ARA - Avanti Rx Analytics.
Aphria selected the MMA to perform the EU GMP audit as the criteria and certification thresholds established by the MMA are among the most stringent and demanding in the EU. The certification will allow the Company to ship bulk and finished dried flower, as well as bulk and finished cannabis oil for medicinal use in permitted jurisdictions throughout the European Union.
"We believe that this is a game changer for Aphria Inc. and will significantly advance our leadership in permissible medical cannabis markets across Europe, where demand for product is strong," said Irwin D. Simon, Chief Executive Officer. "With 2.4 million square feet of licensed production capacity of up to 255,000 kilograms, state-of-the-art greenhouses and labs, and our global infrastructure, we believe Aphria is well positioned to lead in the Canadian and international markets."
Aphria's German operations have been preparing for the importation of EU-GMP certified cannabis from Canada, allowing for shipments to the Company's German subsidiary CC Pharma GmbH ("CC Pharma") in order to leverage CC Pharma's expansive in-country distribution network. The Company anticipates that its first shipments of medical cannabis to CC Pharma will occur in its fourth quarter of its fiscal 2020.
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Aphria Inc. is a leading global cannabis company driven by an unrelenting commitment to our people, the planet, product quality and innovation. Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario – the greenhouse capital of Canada – Aphria Inc. has been setting the standard for the low-cost production of high-quality cannabis at scale, grown in the most natural conditions possible. Focusing on untapped opportunities and backed by the latest technologies, Aphria Inc. is committed to bringing breakthrough innovation to the global cannabis market. The Company's portfolio of brands is grounded in expertly-researched consumer insights designed to meet the needs of every consumer segment. Rooted in our founders' multi-generational expertise in commercial agriculture, Aphria Inc. drives sustainable long-term shareholder value through a diversified approach to innovation, strategic partnerships and global expansion.
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