These are the questions from the California Bureau of Cannabis Control’s BCC-LIC-017 Non-Laboratory Quality Control Form that we have provided starter answers for. (Questions 1 and 4 do not apply to Retail-only license holders, thus the Retail version of this template is shorter and lower priced.)
1. Describe the applicant’s procedures for packaging and labeling.
1.a. Procedures for verifying labeling contents for cannabis goods batches, when transfering between
licensees and storage. Include how the applicant verifies the name, license number of manufacturer
or cultivator, date of entry into storage area, unique identifiers and batch number, description of
cannabis goods, weight and/or quantity of units in batch, and expiration or sell-by date (if applicable).
1.b. Procedures for verifiying labeling contents for cannabis goods for retail sale including final form of
verification, primary panel labeling, informational panel labeling.
1.c. Procedures for verifying labeling contents for cannabis goods for retail sale including net weight (if
applicable), identification of the source and date of cultivation, type of cannabis, date of packaging,
county of origin (if applicable), allergen warning (if applicable), and unique identifier.
1.d. Procedures for verifying government warning label requirements.
1.e. Procedures for verifying cannabis products required to have “For Medical Use” labeling, if applicable.
1.f. Procedures for verifying packaging requirements including tamper-evident, child-resistant, and
resealable child-resistant exit packaging, if applicable.
2. Describe how the applicant will avoid and/or limit deterioration and contamination of any cannabis goods,
including, but not limited to: pest control, environmental controls, maintenance and cleaning services.
3. Describe the applicant’s procedures for handling returns.
4. If applying for a distributor license, provide the following information.
4a. Storage procedures, which include:
4.a.i. Whether the applicant is providing storage-only services to other licensees, and if so, which
licensees and license types.
4.a.ii. Identify all limited-access areas on the premises, and storage areas of cannabis goods in limited-
4.a.iii. Procedures for storage and separation of cannabis goods batches for testing.
4.b. Labeling and packaging procedures, which include:
4.b.i. When labeling and packaging will occur.
4.b.ii. Area of premises where labeling and packaging will occur.
4.c. Sampling procedures, which include:
4.c.i. Provide the timeframe for making testing arrangements after taking physical possession of
cannabis goods batches.
4.c.ii. Provide the sampling procedures for ensuring correct batch size, incremental sampling, and how
the distributor will ensure that the distributor employee has no contact with cannabis goods or
4.c.iii. Provide procedures for video recording sampling of cannabis goods batches.
4.c.iv. Provide chain of custody procedures for cannabis goods batches.
4.d. Testing Results Procedures, which include:
4.d.i. Procedures for a failed sample, inlcuding remediation and/or cannabis waste procedures.
4.d.ii. Procedures for a passed sample.
4.d.iii. Track and Trace procedures following testing.
4.iv. Certificate of Analysis review procedures.
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This Non-Laboratory Quality Control Procedures document is for cannabis businesses applying to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control for an annual license. It has different versions available based on your license type.
Quality Control and Assurance are actually very deep and complex topics, but this procedure form from the BCC only asks for explanations of a few key QC topics. Completing it might seem intimidating at first, but take heart knowing that, relative to other jurisdictions and countries, the BCC’s Quality Control requirement is very minimal.
Here is a sample page from the Non-Laboratory Quality Control Procedures Form Template (BCC-LIC-017):