What are the Responsibilities of a Quality Assurance Person in the Cannabis Industry?

Cannabis QAP Jobs – Labor Market Analysis by NACPT Pharma College
What Is Cannabis Quality Assurance?

Why is Quality Assurance Important?

Quality Assurance (QA) protocol must be kept in place in the cannabis industry in order to ensure the safety of the consumer. Whether it’s for recreational or medicinal use, there are requirements that must be met before the cannabis can be obtained by the consumer. With an increase in the use of cannabis in the legal market, there is a growing demand for Quality Assurance Person (QAP) in Canada and North America.

Guaranteeing safe and consistently high-quality cannabis is the goal of the QA. In Canada, the QA must navigate Health Canada’s regulations while overseeing the entire process. From the moment the seeds enter the soil to the harvest and finally the packaging, the QA will have systems in place to prevent any potential issues.

What does a Quality Assurance Person (QAP) do?

The job of a QA person includes:

  • Designing and setting up the Quality Control laboratory
  • Overseeing equipment orders
  • Assisting in the development of quality control tests (ie; analytical and biological testing: assay of THC and CBD, residual solvent, heavy metals, pesticide residue, terpenes profile, dissolution, disintegration, foreign matters, microbiological content as well as many physical tests)
  • Prepare monthly reports on Cannabis inventory for Health Canada
  • Write, review and approve all Standard Operating Procedures.

A QAP must be familiar with Cannabis Good Product Development (GPD) and Good Production Practices (GPP), Health Canada Regulations, the Cannabis Act, the Narcotic Control Regulations, Pest Control Act (PCA) and more to be qualified to work in a Cannabis facility in Canada.

Skills required to become a QAP

The following skills would be helpful for anyone who is interested in becoming cannabis Quality Assurance Person (QAP) :

  1. Good self-starter
  2. Knowledge of food, agriculture, natural health product and pharmaceutical regulations
  3. Strong attention to detail
  4. Technical Writing
  5. Audit and Inspection
  6. Ability to interpret, implement company policies and procedures
  7. Team oriented
  8. Proficient with computers
  9. High ethical standards

About Us

NACPT is a leading career college in Canada that provides in-depth skill training in pharmaceutical, cannabis, business, technology and related fields to maximize the job and business opportunities within the target industries. NACPT has offered specialized Certificate, Graduate and Postgraduate diploma programs in the pharmaceutical and cannabis industries for over ten years. We also offer various cannabis skills training and business incubation programs in the related industries. As a college with affiliations of highly reputable organizations, NACPT provides analytical testing, consulting services and research & development in the pharmaceutical, cannabis and other sectors.

For those interested in learning more about cannabis analytical testing requirements, Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance, we invite you to our 1-4 days comprehensive certification training – Online Interactive Instructor-Led Webinar:

All training classes are moved to both online (live interactive webinar) and onsite training mode due to COVID-19 pandemic as of March 18, 2020. Please contact us for more details.

Due to COVID-19, all training programs will be held online (live, interactive, and instructor-led) until further notice. Hybrid Learning Mode will be used for programs that include hands-on training (theory will be delivered online and hands-on training will be delivered on-site). Students who wish to receive onsite instruction should contact the college. Please get in touch with us for more information!
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