Quality Assurance for Cannabis (Basic And Advanced)

Live Session

  • Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Level of Training: Intermediate | Expert
  • Mode of Delivery: Live, Interactive and Instructor-led
  • Fee: $1950 (Basic) + $1950 (Advanced) = $3900

Both Online and OnCampus training is available

Program Overview

The Quality Assurance for Cannabis certificate training program equips you with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to ensure that each cannabis product is safe and fit for sale or distribution in accordance with the Cannabis Act and Regulations. Our Quality Assurance for Cannabis training is recognized by industry leaders and regulatory bodies across Canada and around the world.

Training will allow you to develop Good Production Practices (GPP), Quality Assurance (QA) programs and Quality Management Systems (QMS), record keeping, complaint, recall, sanitation, audit and inspection, and quality control programs as well as implement written procedures for the approval or rejection of all products, specifications, representative sampling plans, test methods, controls, results that affect the purity, quality and the composition of cannabis products, and change control, CAPA and gap analysis technical components.

Attendees may interact with the class and lead trainers for more clarifications or concerns.

Program Offers

  • Register for 4 certificate programs at NACPT to get one cannabis certificate for free!
  • Attendees will be issued the certificate of completion at the end of training program.

Additional Program Info

  • Program Module - Day 1
  • Program Module - Day 2
  • Program Module - Day 3
  • Program Module - Day 4
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Job Opportunities
  • Who Should Attend
Day 1

Program Module

Current Health Canada Cannabis Act And Regulations, And Licensing Processes

Module 1
Cannabis Regulations- Overview – Current and Future
Current updates on the Cannabis Act and Regulations
Regulatory Requirements for finished products, extracted oil, distillates, edibles and medical device
Module 2
Security Requirements
License security clearance processes (CTLS)
Module 3
Selling Regulatory Requirements
Environmental controls Regulatory Requirements
Packaging Regulatory Requirements
Labels Regulatory Requirements
Shipping Regulatory Requirements
Cannabis Regulations Requirements for Quality Assurance
Module 4
Cannabis Regulations and Act Overview
Developing LP application
Regulatory requirements
Document list
Compliance program
Case study

Day 2

Program Module

Good Production Practices (GPP) And GxP For Cannabis

Module 1
GPP – Cannabis Regulation Act, Part 5
Quality Assurance Systems for Cannabis
Module 2
Overview of GxP for Cannabis:
Good Production Practices (GPP)
Cannabis Eu-GMP
Good Agriculture and Collection Practices (GACP)
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
Preventive Control Plans (PCP)
Hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP)
Good Validation Practices (GVP)
Good Clinical Practices (GCP)
Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)
Good Documentation Practices (GDP)
Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)
Module 3
Quality Management Systems
QMS Programs and Policies:
Control Procedures
Sanitation Program
Pest Management Program
Calibration Program
Validation Program
Training Program
Audit and Inspection Programs
Other QMS
Module 4
Good Production Practices (GPP) for Cannabis (GDocP)
GPP regulatory requirements and applications for:
Filtration system
Sanitation Program
Cannabis Testing
Quality Assurance Person (QAP)
Module 5
EU-GMP – GPP Gap Analysis
Case studies

Day 3

Program Module

Sanitation and Testing Requirements for Cannabis Production

Module 1
Cannabis regulatory sanitation requirements
Expectation and current guidance
Objectives of Cleaning and Sanitation
Approved list of detergents and sanitizers
Module 2
Cleaning and Sanitation Program for production
Cleaning and Sanitation Procedure (SOP) for storage
Cleaning and Sanitation Procedure (SOP) for extraction
Module 3
Self-Inspection Procedure
leaning and Sanitation Records
Cleaning and Sanitation Verification
Module 4
Deviation, Out of Specification and CAPA
Training of personnel and record keeping
Cleaning validation requirements
Cleaning validation approaches for better performance
Module 5
Pest Control
Case study
Analytical Testing Requirements
Biological Testing Requirements
Physical Testing Requirements
Stability Studies
Shelf-life establishments
Mandatory Testing Requirements
Non-mandatory Testing Requirements
Module 6
Testing Specification
Appropriate Testing Instrument and Software Systems
Certificate of Analysis
Method Development
Method Validation
Module 7
Out of Specification Result (OOS)
Out of Trent (OOT)
Outsourcing and Quality Standards
Training Requirements
Human Resources documents
Packaging, Labeling and Shipping
Case Study

Day 4

Program Module

Technical Writing and Establishment of Audit and Inspection Programs for Cannabis

Module 1
Cannabis Current Audit and Inspection
Audits (internal and external)
Self-inspection programs for process improvements
CRA audit
Sample CRA audit walk through
Regulatory Inspections
COVID – Virtual Inspection
Types of Inspections
Preparing for inspections
Outcome of inspections
Corrective and preventive actions
Responding to Inspection Comments
Case Study – Create Template
Questions and Answers

Module 2
Cannabis Technical Writing – Part 11
Good Documentation Practices (GDP)
Training Requirements
Technical Writing for Cannabis Industry
Quality Incident Reports (QIR)
Quality Deviation Reports (QDR)
Planned Deviation
Unplanned Deviation
Standard Operating Procedure
Template creation
Module 3
CAPA and Gap Analysis – Part 2
Corrective and Preventive Actions
Risk management
Data handling and trending
Implementing corrective actions
Establishing preventative actions
Gap Analysis
How to perform gap analysis
Process maps
Complaint Procedures
Annual reviews
Data handling and trending
Retained Samples
Adverse Reactions
Module 4
Change Control and Related Topics- QA – Part 3
Change Control Process
Case Study
Evaluation Review

Learning Outcomes

  • Review of Cannabis Regulations Act for various applications and licensing processes
  • Meet Health Canada’s requirements of the Quality Assurance Person (QAP) and Quality Control (QC) Analyst in the Cannabis Industry
  • Apply GxP (GPP, Eu-GMP, GACP, HACCP, GDP, GVP, GEP, GLP, PCP and related good practices) system within the company
  • Understand and implement all necessary Quality Assurance Systems
  • Establish quality management systems and risk management within cannabis companies for better performance
  • Design self-inspection and regulatory inspection methods for cannabis operation
  • Develop current QA practices in cannabis companies
  • Review and approve CofAs
  • Develop cannabis technical procedures, policies, protocols and technical reports
  • Perform product annual reviews
  • Product/Batch release to the market
  • Dealing with customer complaints, recalls, return and destructions
  • Will have clear instructions and idea of QAP roles, QA and QMS systems and all regulatory requirements protocols

Job Opportunities

  • Quality Assurance Person (QAP)
  • Qualified Person in Charge (QPIC)
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Master Grower (MG)
  • Responsible Person (RP)

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who wants to learn about cannabis quality assurance systems
  • Quality Assurance Person (QAP)
  • Qualified Person in Charge (QPIC)
  • Processing Facility Manager
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Master Grower (MG)
  • Responsible Person (RP)
  • Students & Graduates
  • Laid-off professionals
  • WISB, Second Career and OW clients

Faculty of Quality Assurance For Cannabis (Basic And Advanced)

Dr. Tharshani Nishanthan

Regulatory and Quality Assurance, QAP

Dr. Tharshani Nishanthan is a highly skilled and accomplished professional with comprehensive expertise in quality assurance and regulatory affairs and a Ph.D. graduate from the University of Vermont, USA . She possesses a valid security clearance with Health Canada and is an approved Quality Assurance Person (QAP) under Cannabis Act/Cannabis Regulations.

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Kunal Sudan

CEO, Delta Eight Pharmaceuticals, Faculty Member of Industrial Cannabis Production Technology

Kunal Sudan earned his BA from McMaster University and Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions from Ryerson University. Kunal has been training students and cannabis licensed producers in various topics in the cannabis industry since 2019 at NACPT Pharma College. He has a thorough knowledge of Health Canada’s Cannabis Act and Regulations and all related regulations required in the cannabis industry.

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Rathi Pharam

Rathi Param

President / Founder & Dean

– B.Sc., Post Graduate Pharma QA & QC, MBA / TECH

Rathi Param is the president/founder of NACPT Pharma College, International Medical Cannabis Association (IMCA), and Validation Tech Inc. Rathi earned her B.Sc. in Chemistry from University Ottawa, MBA in Technology from the University of Phoenix and Post Graduate Pharmaceutical QA & QC Certification from SRN Institute. She is an innovative and creative leader with more than twenty years of hands-on experience in many scientific industries (medical cannabis, medical devices, environmental, food, pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical), complemented with fifteen years of academic and corporate training experience. She possesses extensive expertise and knowledge of Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Formulation, Validation, Technology Transfer, Manufacturing Technology, Process Improvements, Auditing, and Inspection.

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Michael Lewis

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate 

Quality assurance training was very good with the content examples, how you stressing about the protocols of a QA person and what is expected. Seems to me that QA is always learning more information that is corrective and beneficial. Year 2021.

Owen Mitchell

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate Program

Helped reinforce concepts and helped me to visualize. It gave me a better idea of what to expect in the Cannabis Industry. Year 2019.

Quality Assurance Associate at Sevenleaf.ca

Earlam Jermain Leon

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate 

It was a very informative and educational training. The professors did an excellent job explaining every aspect very thoroughly which made it easy to comprehend. I am happy this was done as it is one of the most essential aspects of the entire process. Year 2021.

Natalia Martsyniv

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate Program

Thank you for nicely organized and presented materials. Year 2018.

David Limacher

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate 

The course was well presented with excellent instructors who possess great skills in providing real-world examples. The course materials are excellent and will be great for future references. This course will be beneficial to our organization. Thank you for putting on a great course. I learned a lot and plan on putting what I learned into action. I will proudly refer other people interested in cannabis courses to NACPT. Year 2021.

Olivia Brown

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate Program

I am absolutely honored to have been under your study. You have shown me what a graceful, knowledgeable, highly educated woman in a leadership role acts like. I cannot wait to continue my education with your business. Your integrity and the fact that you risked your reputation and career to help improve and set standards for the cannabis industry is astounding. Thank you. Year 2019.

CEO at Professional Cannabis Consulting Inc.

Mousumi Sur

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate Program

The workshop is well organized, with ample amounts of information. Year 2018.

Alpesh Patel

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate Program

I am from the food industry. After this training, I have in-depth knowledge and the information needed for [a career in the] Cannabis Industry. I feel like I have been fulfilled with knowledge and understanding of the regulations, responsibilities I can bring to my work to deal with challenges. Year 2019.

Quality Assurance Specialist

Paul DaSilva

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate 

This was very helpful and informative. The teachers were great as well. Year 2021.

Samir Aghabab

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate Program

I honestly think your staff did an amazing job as well as the extended classes shows your dedication to helping each student. Year 2018.


Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate Program

I learned a lot….Thanks! I had no idea how complex the cannabis business was. There are so many variables and it is obvious that we are in the early making of this business. This is great for NACPT! I look forward to making this business grow. Year 2018.

Alireza Asghari

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate Program

It was very useful and many information was covered during this training. Year 2020.

Quality Assurance Manager at ROSE LifeScience Inc.

Anthony Chung-Yeung Leung

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate 

Excellent program with great insight into the industry and in-depth knowledge grasped by the end of the course. Information was delivered in a clear and understandable manner. Year 2021.

Ravi Chandiran

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate Program

I found it really that the technical writing was in particular adapted to the medical cannabis sector with appropriate assignments to enhance the learning experience . All the questions were answered in a very professional manner to give insight into processes applied to medicinal cannabis sector. Year 2018.

Chandresh Vyas

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate Program

I worked in the pharmaceutical industry and I was looking for a career change in the cannabis industry. Excellent QA training and I appreciate the insightfulness of the requirements. Thank you, instructors, for sharing your “life experience” in the pharma/GMP/cannabis field. I truly admire your professionalism. Right after the completion of the QA training, I landed in a QA lead role in a leading cannabis company. Year 2019.

Quality Assurance Manager

Ketan Miyani

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate Program

Excellent workshop! Please keep it up and come up with other important topics! Thank you! Year 2018.

Nathanial Stonefish

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate 

Seeing how strict the regulations are within facilities is satisfying as a recreational consumer. Year 2021.

Feng Jia

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate 

This training is very helpful for me to have a deeper understanding of the QAP rules in the work and the HC requirements for Cannabis industry. Year 2021.

Tara Renwick

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate 

I found the four-day course very helpful with how the course material was relayed. The instructors were very knowledgeable and always willing to help with any questions. The instructors were very knowledgeable in cannabis and made it easy to learn and interesting online. All of them were so willing to help with any questions or concerns. Year 2021.

Fabiana Lapa

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate Program

Great QA training program. Valuable Information. Year 2020.

Senior Account Manager at Isolocity

Dan Jin

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate 

Very informative and comprehensive. Thank you. Year 2021.

Rosa Jerez

Graduate from Quality Assurance for Cannabis Certificate 

This program was very detailed and specific. The teachers took their time explaining every single step throughout from beginning to end. The attention to detail is very good and very patient with all students. Year 2021.



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