Cannabis Quality Assurance Plan - Cultivation
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Available for immediate download in an editable MS Word .doc format. This is a Cannabis Quality Assurance/Quality Control/Product Quality Plan. This 57-page Quality Assurance template applies to cultivation license types and is usually required for a state or national license application. See below for the Table of Contents and a sample page of content. It includes all of the standard topics found in Quality Assurance Plans in states where commercial cannabis cultivation businesses are legal, including inspection practices, packaging and labeling standards, and adverse events/recall procedures.
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Disclaimer: This is a template that will be delivered to you as an editable MS Word doc. It's filled in with great information, but is NOT location specific. We've done 90% of the heavy lifting, and the last 10% is up to you and your compliance expert.
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Cannabis Quality Control and Assurance Plan
Quality Assurance and Quality Control are quickly becoming central concerns of all cannabis producers, both growers and manufacturers. This is because cannabis products, in most jurisdictions, are still primarily marketed and sold for medical use. Medical use has a high standard of quality and consistency that cannabis producers must demonstrate through well documented processes and procedures.
Because the United States hasn't legalized cannabis or marijuana products federally, GMP standards have not yet become required. Quality Control for cannabis operates at the State level, where each State sets its own guidelines. In other countries, however, some form of GMP compliance is generally required. It might be the GMP standard chosen by that country, or it might be the standard established by another country that the cannabis products are exported to.
You as a cannabis producer must meet the minimum quality assurance standards of your jurisdiction, and then you may also choose to maintain a higher standard that makes your products more marketable to countries importing cannabis.
Your compliance standards start with your facility design, the establishment of standards and methods, and the collection of data.
This Cannabis Quality Control/Quality Assurance Plan Template is a starter doc generally oriented towards Cannabis QA/QC in the United States. It does not address GAP, GMP, cGMP or EU-GMP standards, per se, but it can be customized to any jurisdiction and set of rules.
If you need a QA/QC Plan for exporting cannabis, contact Jennifer Martin. We are in the process of creating more in-depth Quality Assurance documentation.
Table of Contents
Documentation and Record Keeping 7
Audits and Self-Inspections 8
Personnel and Training 9
Hygienic Work Processes 10
Building and Facilities 11
Seeds and Propagation Material 13
Soil/Grow Media Standards 14
Fertilizer Standards 15
Water Quality and Sources 15
Plant Inspection 16
Pest Management 17
Primary Processing (Trimming/Drying) 20
Packaging Assurances 22
Label Inclusions 23
Label Exclusions 24
Warnings Statements 25
Labeling Process Controls 26
Quality Assurance Review 31
Waste Handling 32
Notice to the Regulatory Authority 32
Method of Destruction 33
Disposal of Waste 33
Complaints Handling and Recall Plan 33
Root Cause Investigation 41
Documentation and Record Keeping 41
Management Review and Archiving 42
Appendix 1 – Cultivar Intake Log 43
Appendix 2 – Quality Assurance Review Checklist 44
Appendix 3 – Pesticide Application Log 47
Appendix 4 – Trim Log 48
Appendix 5 – Complaint Response Team Contact List 49
Appendix 6 – Complaint Intake Form 50
Appendix 7 – Complaint Response & Recall Checklist 52
Appendix 8 – Health Hazard Evaluation Form 53
Appendix 9 – Recall Communications Log 56
Appendix 10 – Recall Recovery Summary 57
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