SCOPE OF THE QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The scope of the Quality Management System (QMS) for the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), which is located in New Kingston Jamaica, includes the implementation of an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) for regulating the legal Cannabis Industry for the handling of hemp and ganja for medical, therapeutic, and scientific purposes. The CLA issues licences, permits, and authorizations as well as conducts monitoring and enforcement activities to preserve the integrity and transparency of the Medical Cannabis Industry. The following categories of licences are offered by the Authority:
- Research and Development
The Licensing and Application process involves desk verification, due diligence checks, conditional approval, pre-licensing site inspections, and the granting and issuance of licences. Licensees are required to comply with the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, the Dangerous Drugs (Cannabis Licensing) (Interim) Regulations 2016, as well as the terms and conditions of their licences. The forgoing regulatory obligations serve to ensure compliance within the industry and ultimately, to prevent the diversion and inversion of ganja, which are major threats to the survival and viability of the industry. Therefore, the Authority conducts enforcement and monitoring activities such as routine inspections, investigations, and audits, to ensure regulatory compliance and adherence to the International Conventions.