Routine inspections are required to monitor and verify that cannabis businesses are in accordance with federal laws set forth by governing agencies. To help businesses meet federal regulation standards, Health Canada provides information and guidance and reserves the right to conduct an inspection at any time to confirm that these requirements are being met. Facts you should know:
- Health Canada inspects all facilities before a license to sell products is issued.
- If your facility meets the requirements, Health Canada will schedule the first inspection
- When necessary an inspection package is provided to the business. This package contains the following:
- A fact sheet outlining the mandate and the activities of Health Canada
- Frequently Asked Questions about inspections
- An inspection checklist for licensed producers
- One licensed, a producer is subject to regular inspections, which could include unannounced on-site inspections.
- There are four types of inspections:
- Introductory Inspection: This inspection verifies that the producer demonstrates Good Production Practices (GPP) and confirms license proposed activities.
- Pre-Sales Inspection: This inspection takes place before the issuance of a sale license. Inspectors may examine packaging, labeling, shipping, and/or record keeping. Note: Targeted inspection may take place at any time.
- Targeted inspection: To verify compliance with particular areas of the ACMPR.
- Annual inspection: For monitoring and verfification of compliance.
Licensed producers should renew their license at least three months before expiration. For more information on what to expect during inspections, please reference the official guidelines.