Self-regulatory authority in USA starts hemp certification program

US hemp authority self regulation

The US Hemp Roundtable has launched training and self-regulatory programs through which growers and processors can get a “certified” seal for use in their advertising, marketing and product labeling.

Qualification is through compliance with the newly established U.S. Hemp Authority Guidance Program, and verified by a third-party audit. The group said the “certified” seal is aimed at giving consumers confidence that products they purchase are safe and of the highest possible quality, while giving law enforcement assurance that the products are legal hemp.

Comprehensive guidance

The Hemp Industries Association and the American Herbal Products Association worked with leading firms, labs and quality-control experts to develop the comprehensive guidance program.

“With growth only set to increase, the time is now for the hemp industry to establish and embrace standards, best practices and self-regulation,” the group said in a release.

To educate farmers, producers

The certification program is designed specifically to educate hemp farmers and hemp finished product producers in FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) such that consistent quality is assured and violations are avoided.

The Roundtable said certification seals on hemp products will start showing up on products in January 2019.

The Authority also offers a training program which to guide stakeholders through the certification process and prepare them for the audit.

US Hemp Roundtable members:

  • Alliance One International
  • American Shaman
  • Ananda Hemp
  • Barlean’s
  • Bluebird Botanicals
  • CV Sciences
  • Presence Marketing
  • Real Hemp
  • Van Dyke Holdings, LLC
  • Village Farms
  • Williams Ranch Co.
  • ZilisAnanda Hemp
  • CW Hemp
  • Elixinol
  • GenCanna Global
  • Isodiol
  • Koi CBD, LLC
  • Lazarus Naturals
  • MetaCan