What Is the Importance of the Cannabis Quality Assurance System? – Become a QAP in Canada

What Is Cannabis Quality Assurance?

Quality assurance is the process of maintenance of the proper quality of cannabis from sowing to harvest stage while keeping up with the government norms.

What Is Cannabis Quality Assurance?


Why Is It Needed?

Consumer safety is a vital component of the cannabis industry. Hence, Quality Assurance (QA) protocol must be maintained. For recreational use or medicinal use, cannabis should meet the essential requirements before being consumed by the consumer.

Demand for a Quality Assurance Person

Ever since the legalization of cannabis in Canada, there is a growing demand for Quality Assurance Person (QAP) in Canada and North America. Numerous job opportunities are opening in various pharmaceutical industries and colleges.

Goals of Quality Assurance

The goals of Quality Assurance are as follows:

  1. Guaranteeing safe.
  2. Producing consistently high-quality cannabis.

Duties of Quality Assurance Person in Canada

  1. Navigating through Health Canada’s regulations
  2. Overseeing the entire process of cannabis growth from cannabis seeds sowing to the harvest and  packaging of cannabis,
  3. QA should have systems in place to prevent any potential threats to cannabis quality.

The Job of Quality Assurance Person (QAP)

The following are the jobs of the QA person:

  1. Designing and setting up the Quality Control laboratory
  2. Overseeing equipment orders
  3. 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). Some of the tests are mandatory tests as per Health Canada’s Cannabis Regulations while others are not mandatory.
  4. Prepare monthly reports on Cannabis inventory for Health Canada.
  5. Write, review, and approve all Standard Operating Procedures.
  6. Must be familiar with Cannabis Good Product Development (GPD) and Good Product Production (GPP), Health Canada Regulations, the Cannabis Act, the Narcotic Control Regulations, Pest Control Act (PCA), and more.

Skills Required

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.

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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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