Standard Processing Licence

Processing licences are primarily for refining cannabis obtained from cultivators into cured cannabis, oils, and other extracts, and selling the finished products to certain parties.

  • Why a Standard Processing Licence?
  • How Camas can help

LARGER FACILITY & PROCESSING CAPACITY

There are no restrictions on the amount of cannabis a Standard Processing facility can process. Processing cannabis means to produce cannabis products other than obtaining it by propagating, cultivating, or harvesting; and finished products would include ready-to-sell loose flower and value-added cannabis derivatives such as oils, vape pens, capsules, tinctures, and edibles. This licence is well suited for applicants who wish to process more than 600kg of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) in a single calendar year.

SIGNIFICANT SECURITY REQUIREMENTS

With its limitless processing capacity, Health Canada has more stringent security protocols for a Standard Processing licence. This includes an Organizational Security Plan (OSP), which contains but is not limited to a list of required SOPs, security awareness training plans, and a business plan. Physical security must also be demonstrated, which includes a site plan detailing physical barriers and site access control, and 24/7 visual and intruder monitoring. 

HIGHER OPERATING COSTS

A Standard Processing facility requires significant capital investment, due to the increased security requirements and facility size. Larger facilities also mean increases in operational expenses, such as wages, utilities, maintenance fees, inventory costs, and etc.  

UNIQUE PERSONNEL REQUIREMENTS

Processing licences are the only class of Health Canada licences that require a Quality Assurance Person (QAP). The QAP is a highly trained professional who has training, experience, and technical knowledge related to the Good Production Practices (GPP) and the Cannabis Products requirements set out in the Cannabis Regulations. The QAP is responsible for approving all cannabis before it is made available for sale, investigating every complaint received in respect to the quality of the cannabis and, if necessary, take corrective and preventative measures. Like cultivation licences, processing licences also require a Licence Holder, a Responsible Person, and a Head of Security; a single person may hold multiple roles within one application, provided they satisfy the requirements. ​

The Purple Camas Consulting team would like to offer our proven track record of licensing and operational success, and the opportunity for our clients to build equity in a long-term cannabis venture. We offer assistance with various classes of Cannabis Act licenses.

Entering the cannabis industry can be an exciting business venture with significant upfront costs. The Camas team is here to ease that transition and provide our industry expertise to develop successful cannabis businesses for our clients’ investments. 

We provide assistance with a complete Standard Processing application including the most challenging and time-consuming aspects of the application such as the Organizational Security Plan (OSP), Good Production Practices Report (GPP), Standard Operating Procedures Report (SOP), and the Record Keeping Report. We can create all of the templates and the full suite of SOPs necessary for a basic Health Canada Standard Processing application.

Licence Combinations

It is possible to acquire multiple licence classes on the same site. This table demonstrates the possible combinations of Health Canada licence classes an applicant can pursue. 

Nursery, Standard, and Micro-Cultivators are only permitted to sell seeds, fresh flower, and clones, and Standard and Micro-Processors can sell cured and finished products. 

Both cultivation and processing licences are permitted to sell their product to medical patients if they acquire a Sale for Medical Purposes licence.

A processing licence is required to sell to provincial distribution networks or recreational retailers.

Health Canada Cannabis Site Combinations

NOTE: Recreational sales in Canada are not regulated by Health Canada, but by each individual province and territory. Recreational sales are not included in this table.

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