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Washington, DC — Americans for Safe Access’ PFC program has been approved by the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) as part of the Responsible Vendor Program. All owners, managers, and employees of dispensaries in Illinois are required to take 8-10 hours of mandatory training at hire and at least 2 hours of additional training each year after, and PFC has been approved to provide that training.
The PFC training program includes courses such as Cannabinoids as Medicine, Understanding Cannabis Law, State Compliance Training, and industry specific courses for cultivators, manufacturers, dispensaries, and laboratory operators. Advanced courses such as QA/QC and Batch Sampling, Sustainable Cultivation, and the Advanced Endocannabinoid System are also offered. The PFC Staff Training program provides 8-10 hours of training and the Illinois State Compliance course provides 2 hours of training. All training is available through the PFC Training Website and can be done in-person or through webinar as well.
The PFC Training Website allows businesses to track employees progress through the program. Each course has a test at the end and upon successful completion of the test a certificate of completion is generated, which can then be provided to regulators as evidence of meeting the training requirements.
About Americans for Safe Access (ASA)
Americans for Safe Access was founded in 2002 as a vehicle for patients to advocate for the acceptance of cannabis as medicine. ASA is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.
The PFC program is the first and only ISO 17065 accredited cannabis and hemp compliance program in the US. PFC was founded in 2014 to bring standards and standardization to the medical cannabis industry. PFC has since expanded to provide training and education along with business certification to both medical and adult-use cannabis operators and hemp-CBD operators.