ARCHIVED - "Ready to Build" Letter and Readiness for a Pre-Licence Inspection - Information Bulletin

To Applicants to Become a Licensed Producer of Marijuana for Medical Purposes

The purpose of this information bulletin is to explain how Health Canada communicates to applicants wishing to become licensed producers of marijuana for medical purposes once a pre-licence inspection of the licensed producer's facility is ready to be scheduled and to inform interested parties that Health Canada no longer issues "Ready to Build" letters.

"Ready to Build" Letters and Communicating Readiness for a Pre-licence Inspection

When Health Canada believes an application is ready for a pre-licence inspection the applicant will be contacted and necessary details confirmed before a pre-licence inspection can be scheduled.

In the past, this may have been communicated through a "Ready to Build" letter. However, Health Canada was concerned that the purpose of these letters was potentially being misunderstood and being used by applicants for purposes other than ensuring the readiness of their site for a pre-licence inspection. As such, Health Canada is modifying its communication with applicants and will no longer be issuing "Ready to Build" letters.

Health Canada now informs the applicant of the status of the application via email and also includes the information that the applicant needs to confirm to Health Canada before a pre-licence inspection can be scheduled. This includes confirming how the applicant will comply with  Division 3 (Security Measures) of the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).

The applicant is also informed that, as per section 9 (Inspection of Site) of the MMPR, any requirement of the  MMPR may be verified by a Health Canada inspector during a pre-licence inspection. This includes, but is not limited to: Security Measures; Good Production Practices; Packaging; Labelling and Shipping; Registration; and, Record Keeping.

After a Pre-Licence Inspection

The results of the pre-licence inspection are reviewed in conjunction with all of the information submitted to Health Canada to complete the assessment of the application. In keeping with the requirements of the MMPR, the assessment is to establish that the issuance of the licence is not likely to create risks to public health, safety or security, including the risk of cannabis being diverted to an illicit market or use, and that there are no other grounds for refusing the application. As appropriate, Health Canada will communicate the results of its review of the application and personnel security screening. Applicants are reminded that they can be refused at any stage of the application process.

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