The Importance of Records in ACMPR

Under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), both individuals and commercial producers have clear guidelines on maintaining and preserving essential records. These records aren’t mere paperwork; they’re integral for compliance, ensuring patient safety, and facilitating accurate reporting.

Why is ACMPR Record Keeping Crucial?

  1. Legally Sound: Proper record-keeping ensures that you’re functioning within the confines of the ACMPR regulations. This becomes vital if any legal issues arise.
  2. Easy Inspections: When Health Canada conducts its regular checks and audits, having organized records can make the process smoother and hassle-free.
  3. Data-Driven Decisions: For health practitioners, having well-maintained records can assist in adjusting dosages and treatment plans.

What Patients Should Document

  1. Medical Certification: Always have a copy of the medical document provided by your healthcare professional that validates your need for medical cannabis.
  2. Purchase Records: Each time you acquire medical cannabis, note the quantity, date of acquisition, and the licensed provider’s details.
  3. Consumption Log: While not mandatory, having a diary detailing daily consumption, the strains used, and any observed effects can be enlightening.

Documenting Personal Production under ACMPR

  1. Licensing Information: Always keep a copy of your cultivation license issued by Health Canada.
  2. Plant Growth and Yield: Periodically update a dedicated logbook with details on the number of plants in cultivation, harvest yields, and any plants that have been culled.
  3. Transformation Details: If you’re converting cannabis into other products (like tinctures or oils), it’s essential to document the initial volume, the processes employed, and the resultant quantities.

For Commercially Licensed Producers

  1. Sale Documentation: Capture every detail of a sale, ranging from the patient or customer details, quantities sold, to the shipment method.
  2. Quality Control Records: Detailed documentation of product quality assessments is crucial. Ensure that you also capture details of batches that did not meet the standards.
  3. Disposal Logs: Any product that gets disposed of, for any reason, should be recorded meticulously, noting the quantity, reason, and method of disposal.
  4. Incident Reporting: Document any security breaches or incidents, providing a clear timeline, cause, and the subsequent corrective actions.

Record Retention: How Long is Long Enough?

ACMPR mandates that all pertinent records be retained for a minimum of two years. From the date they’re created, these records should be easily accessible and available for inspection for this two-year period.

Tips for Effective Record Keeping

  1. Embrace Technology: Leveraging dedicated software solutions or mobile applications designed for medical cannabis can make record-keeping more efficient.
  2. Backup, Backup, Backup: Always have multiple copies of your records to safeguard against data loss.
  3. Uphold Privacy: Given the sensitive nature of the data, ensure you’re upholding privacy standards and complying with data protection regulations.


Is digital record-keeping compliant with ACMPR guidelines?
Yes, as long as the digital records are secure and can be retrieved easily upon request.

Do I have to submit my records to Health Canada periodically?
No, but you should be prepared to produce them during audits or when specifically requested.

What happens if I lose my records?
Having backups is essential. If Health Canada requires them and you fail to produce, there could be penalties, or you might jeopardize your ACMPR status.

The Role of Records in a Transparent System

Effective record-keeping isn’t just about staying compliant; it’s about contributing to a transparent and accountable medical cannabis framework in Canada. By maintaining comprehensive and organized records, you play a part in elevating the standard of care and ensuring the safety of all participants.