PFC Auditor Qualifications
PFC independent auditors have extensive experience in the medical cannabis industry or in auditing similar industry and/or the herbal products industries. All PFC independent auditors are required to successfully complete the PFC trainings and are assigned a mentor to oversee PFC audits until such time as the mentoring auditor can verify the trainees’ readiness to audit without mentor oversight. All auditor trainees are required to conduct a minimum of two audits per discipline with his or her mentor before being allowed to audit independently.
All PFC Cultivation and Processing auditors must have five years or more direct experience in the field of medical cannabis cultivation and processing or five years or more direct experience in the field of agricultural inspection and must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the standard operating systems associated with all modalities of cannabis cultivation.
Manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and holding auditors must have five years or more direct experience in the field of medical cannabis manufacturing and are required to be food-safe certified; or have three years or more direct experience in the inspection and auditing of facilities engaged in the manufacturing of food, food products, or botanical and nutraceutical products. In addition, all manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and holding auditors must also demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of any extraction processes used in the medical cannabis industry.
PFC Laboratory auditors must have, at minimum, a degree in biochemistry; or a minimum of five years experience providing laboratory analysis of medical cannabis and medical cannabis-derived products the equivalent experience providing laboratory analysis of other raw botanicals, botanical products, or nutriceutical products.
Dispensary auditors must have, at a minimum, three years of direct experience in managing a medical cannabis distribution facility offering patient services, or the equivalent experience offering patient services and managing a traditional or Complementary Alternative Medicine facility.