How to get certified as Cannabis Quality Assurance person ( QAP)

Published On: May 8, 2020

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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.

Quality Assurance person ( QAP) :

The job of a QA person includes designing and setting up the Quality Control laboratory, overseeing equipment orders and 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. 

 A QA person will also prepare monthly reports on Cannabis inventory for Health Canada and write, review and approve all Standard Operating Procedures. They 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.

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

  • Good self-starter
  • Knowledge of food, agriculture, natural health product and pharmaceutical regulations
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Technical Writing
  • Audit and Inspection
  • Ability to interpret and implement company policies and procedures
  • Team oriented
  • Proficient with computers
  • High ethical standards

At NACPT, we have worked hard with both the Canadian government and cannabis industry experts to fill the need of educating those who wish to have a successful career as cannabis Quality Assurance Person (QAP).

For those interested in learning more about Quality Assurance, we invite you to our 5 days – comprehensive certification training - Interactive Instructor Led Webinar:

Click here to join NACPT's  Upcoming Quality Assurance Cannabis Certificate Program

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