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Health Canada announces new changes to CTLS

Changes will allow for multiple applications for amendments, renewals, and notifications in the CTLS all at one time and allow licensees to identify individuals who have their permission to communicate directly with the regulator in regard to their licence or licenses.

Health Canada announced new changes to the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS) in a memo sent out to licence holders today. The changes will come into force on July 5. 

Once in force, the changes will mean the licence holders can submit multiple applications for amendments, renewals, and notifications in the CTLS all at one time.

The memo also includes changes to “Individuals with consent to communicate” that will allow licensees to identify individuals who have their permission to communicate directly with the regulator in regard to their licence or licenses. These individuals will be required to have a CTLS Account ID in order to be added by the licence holder.

Currently, the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System allows licence holders to only submit one application for licence renewal, amendment, or new product notification at a time. Licence holders will now be able to submit an application or notification simultaneously for: Site Personnel, Responsible Person, Quality Assurance Person, Licence Class or Subclass, Authorized Activities, Change to Site Plan Requiring Approval, Site Plan Change Notification, Licence Holder Name or Site Address, Licence Renewal, Administrative Notifications

However, licence holders can still only submit one application or notification per category at a time.

The memo also notes that for those licence holders who currently have an amendment application in CTLS that was submitted before July 5, 2020, they will not be able to submit any additional changes in the updated CTLS until the current amendment has been processed or withdrawn. 

It also states that Health Canada will no longer be processing notifications for changes to site personnel or administrative changes, such as change to mailing address, as of July 5, 2020.

Health Canada will also be releasing a new version of the Cannabis Licence Management Guide on July 2, 2020 with instructions on the process for making changes to a licence, including new attestation forms.