A Standard Processor Licence is required for a facility that is
processing more than 600 kg of dried flower (or its equivalent)
per year, and has a higher requirement for physical security
in comparison with the Micro Processor.
Otherwise, this type of licence is similar to a Micro Processor Licence, and can be achieved for a facility that also holds a Nursery, Micro (or Standard) Cultivation, and/or a Research and Development Licence.
In Canada, currently only cannabis oil (liquid, softgels) is permitted as a finished product. Some licensed producers have launched “kit products” which provide the consumer with cannabis oil as well as something to combine it with (e.g., cream + cannabis oil = cannabis cream), which is permitted. However, at present edibles, concentrates, beverages, and cannabis health products are not permitted for manufacturing or resale.
To achieve a Standard Processor Licence, CCI carefully prepares an application package (with supporting documentation) which is submitted to the Office of Medical Cannabis at Health Canada. CCI provides strong recommendations around the proposed site and floor plan, physical security design, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the operations of the facility, security clearances for key personnel, guidance for notifying local authorities, quality assurance reports, recruitment of the Quality Assurance Person (QAP) and ongoing communication with Health Canada post-submission.
Note that a Standard Processor requires a Quality Assurance Person (QAP) on staff with appropriate qualifications or experience from highly regulated sectors (e.g., pharmaceutical, food, tobacco, alcohol), which is not a requirement for the Micro (or Standard) Cultivation Licence on its own. The Standard Processor also requires a Head of Security, whereas a Micro Processor does not. Note that Health Canada does not have application fees at this time, although they are expected to start charging for applications at some point in the year or two ahead. The timeframe to achieve a Standard Processor Licence is still unknown, as Health Canada has not set performance targets for application processing, but it is expected to follow similar patterns observed previously under the LP licensing within the ACMPR (i.e., at minimum 18 months from submission to licence). The Standard Process Licence is the current-day equivalent of the former Producer Licence (LP) from the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMR), except it does not necessarily have to be coupled with a cultivation licence now.
It should also be noted that Health Canada does not provide a “ready to build” letter or authorization ahead of facility construction, which means that the construction or renovation of the facility would be completed before or during the application review period. However, the Micro Processor Licence will only be issued once the facility is fully built out and operationally ready, and after the application is thoroughly reviewed by Health Canada.
Cannabis Compliance Inc is accepting new clients for the preparation and submission of Standard Processor Licences, and has a 100% success rate with previously submitted applications under the former ACMPR regulations. With a team of over 60 full time salary employees, CCI is the world’s largest professional cannabis consulting firm, with expertise from pharmaceutical, food, alcohol, natural health products and medical device industries. Contact us today to start a conversation around how CCI can help you achieve a Micro Processor Licence.