Expectation of Ethical Conduct - Information Bulletin

To Licensed Producers of Marijuana for Medical Purposes and Applicants

The purpose of this information bulletin is to state Health Canada's expectation of ethical conduct on the part of licensed producers and licensed producer applicants under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

The purposes of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and its regulations are to protect public health and public safety. Protecting the integrity of the control of the production and distribution of cannabis under the ACMPR is a priority for Health Canada.

The ACMPR set out stringent requirements for safety and security in respect to the production and distribution of cannabis for medical purposes. These safety and security requirements underpin the integrity of the ACMPR.

The ACMPR require key personnel, including directors and officers in the case of a corporation, to hold a security clearance granted under the regulations. The purpose of the security clearance process is to identify information that could be relevant in determining that the applicant does not pose an unacceptable risk to the integrity of the control of the production and distribution of cannabis.

Further to these requirements, individuals conducting business or wishing to conduct business involving marijuana for medical purposes are advised that they should at all times demonstrate a high standard of ethical conduct in carrying out their activities. Health Canada expects licensed producers and licensed producer applicants to be honest and ethical in how they conduct their business, and act professionally and in good faith in all interactions with clients and with Health Canada officials. They should also take care to avoid any situation that could compromise the health and safety of patients; for example, giving or offering inappropriate direct or indirect payments or inducements to any individual or organization.

Failure to Meet Expectations of Ethical Conduct

Accurate public information on the cannabis for medical purposes industry is fundamental to the integrity of the ACMPR.

If a licensed producer or licensed producer applicant misrepresents the status of their application or their relationship with Health Canada officials, Health Canada may publicly correct any inappropriate or inaccurate statements and could pursue other regulatory compliance measures, if necessary. Moreover, inappropriate or inaccurate information provided in relation to an application will be considered in light of overarching public health and safety objectives of the regime and could affect licensing decisions.

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