There are many instances where an audit of your cannabis business is called for. Whether it’s in your journey to becoming a Licence Holder (LH) under the Cannabis Regulations, your mission to become EU-GMP certified or wanting to ensure your cannabis business is on track - audits add huge value to helping achieve your end goal. Across Canada, many cannabis businesses are making fundamental mistakes that can delay or even stop them from being successful. Mistakes can range from minor to critical and everywhere in between and here we highlight some common mistakes being made throughout the industry. Common areas that gaps are being identified during audits: Executive level buy-in – this one can make or break a cannabis business. Company executives must buy-in to the quality culture. … [Read more...] about Audits for Success – Helping You Achieve the End Goal
No doubt, the cannabis industry is under enormous pressure in 2019. As the year starts, we are hearing feedback from all angles – from the provinces, from the regulators from the media and from each other. There are supply chain issues that may continue for another few years. These pressures trickle down into the very organizations we want to help succeed – the licensed cultivation/processing sites that are making the product. These pressures rear their head in many ways: cost cutting, rushing, internal demands matching external representations, rework, cycle time pressures, understaffing, the list goes on. More than ever this is the time for new producers to ensure they are instilling a culture of quality. Normally when we speak about “culture of quality” we are ‘preaching to the … [Read more...] about Culture of Quality – The Struggles Within
You finally have your licence, now what? What are the immediate challenges that you can expect to face? It is likely, you have already been asking yourself this question well before receiving your licence, so that you are prepared and can hit the ground running. New production companies that are required to meet strict regulations face many hurdles in the start-up phase and the cannabis industry is no exception. It’s a good time to consider some of the challenges you may face as a new cannabis licensee and how to prepare so that the road ahead will be as smooth as possible. The most obvious challenge will be the cash flow crunch that you will face until Health Canada gives you the authorization to sell. If you are running a cultivation only facility this will be compounded by the fact … [Read more...] about What to expect after you receive your licence
Have you entered the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s (AGCO) lottery to gain one of the 25 coveted winning spots for Ontario cannabis retail? Are you prepared if you are chosen as one of the winners or are asked to apply for a Retail Operators Licence (ROL) and a Retail Store Authorization (RSA) if one of the winners is deemed ineligible? The Expression of Interest to enter the lottery was extremely straight forward to complete. There were few prerequisites to vet the qualifications or abilities of the lottery entrants to be able to complete the subsequent steps, and it appears as though the number of lotter entrants were very high. However, throughout the AGCO website and in their public communications, there are explicit warnings that if you were not prepared to open a … [Read more...] about Ontario Retail: Preparing for Next Steps
The Proposed Regulations Amending the Cannabis Regulations have certainly provided a stir and the assessment for Proposed QAP requirements is just another on the list of items for licence holders to consider. The Quality Assurance Person (QAP) is the heart of any site - they’re the people who release the product, manage the QMS and answer to Health Canada. In these new proposed regulations, your QAP and their responsibilities in plant, are going to be scrutinized even more, so it’s best to be aware of the proposed requirements and ensure your QAP is up to date. Depending on your product types, your QAP may need more qualifications and in all cases, will have more authorities and responsibilities. Section 19(1) has been added to the proposed regulations to state that the QAP requires … [Read more...] about The New and Improved QAP
Canada has proposed a full prohibition on manufacturing edible cannabis in a facility that is manufacturing conventional (non-cannabis) products. It is proposed that manufacturing could be at the same site, but not the same building. This proposal could be one of the costliest declarations to industry yet. The requirement to build a separate physical building with infrastructure, systems and personnel to support it will be cost prohibitive, especially for small players in the industry. It certainly derails industry plans to add cannabis lines to existing, sometimes underutilized food manufacturing sites and takes small bakeries out of play completely. The RIAS (Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement) is an estimate of the costs and benefits in financial terms, to the changes that are … [Read more...] about Exploring the Second Building Requirement for Edible Cannabis Manufacturing.