Mock Audit: The Inspection Before the Inspection
By Shaun McGowan, Quality & Regulatory Consultant
Cannabis Compliance Inc.
Becoming a Licenced Producer (LP) has its challenges to say the least. One challenge, and a major component of the licencing process, is getting through Health Canada’s rigorous Introductory and Pre-Sales Inspections. Both inspections must be successfully passed in order for the LP to produce and sell cannabis and maintaining a Compliance rating with Health Canada should be a number one priority. An LP should prepare for each ‘big day’ by identifying gaps and putting corrective actions in place at their site prior to the inspection. But if you haven’t done it before, how do you reduce the risk of failure?
Introductory Inspection Mock Audit:
So, your LP has received its cultivation licence and now you have some great cannabis strains to grow. Great job on getting this far! Health Canada will now schedule what’s known as the Introductory Inspection. This inspection is conducted to verify that your LP is meeting the requirements of the ACMPR including, but not limited to:
- Physical Security Requirement
- Record Keeping
- Good Production Practices (GPP)
- Inventory Control
- All activities being carried out by the LP correspond with those indicated on the License
The scope of these inspections is large and rigorous. The staff is under stress during these inspections and industry eyes are watching! You need to be successful.
By scheduling an Introductory Inspection Mock Audit prior to the actual one, the LP will position themselves well for the inspection day by Health Canada. During the course of the mock audit, gaps will be identified, communicated and discussed with the LP. It is imperative that critical rated observations are found prior to the real inspection. Finding critical observation prior to the big day means the appropriate corrective action can be put in place resulting in a successful Introductory Inspection from Health Canada. Along with that the staff will get real time feedback on how they are performing during the “inspection” and how to address observations on the fly.
Pre-Sales Mock Audit:
Now your LP has grown two batches of cannabis, packaged it and the Pre-Sales Inspection from Health Canada is looming. A massive accomplishment in itself! However, you cannot breathe that sigh of relief just quite yet. This Pre-Sales inspection is conducted to verify that the LP is meeting the requirements of the ACMPR including, everything covered in the introductory inspection plus:
- Testing Requirements
By scheduling a Pre-Sales Inspection Mock Audit prior to the real one, the LP will position themselves well for their most important inspection to date! Again, during the course of the pre-sales mock audit, gaps will be identified, communicated and discussed with the LP with even more focus on consistent execution, maintenance of the system and understanding of the sales requirements.
CCI has been helping new LPs prepare for their first inspection by performing these mock inspections. Being out in the field CCI is constantly collecting Health Canada feedback from real Health Canada inspections which has enabled us to focus our mock inspection to the items that the LP needs to know for the real inspection date. We identify gaps, we talk about the remedies and we make sure our clients are ready for these inspections.
Cannabis Compliance Inc (CCI) is the global leader in cannabis compliance solutions, including mock audit inspections for LPs. Contact us today to learn about how we can help.