Organizations with the same goals have formed a coalition to offer quality regulations and standards for the best practices in the CBD and hemp markets. A certification program was introduced, financed by the U.S Hemp Roundtable and joined by agronomists, quality assessors, testing laboratories, CBD research companies, the U.S. Hemp Authority, as well as other leading firms in the industry.
According to this program, hemp and CBD companies must prove that they can meet the strict requirements and standards, enter into a licensing agreement, and pass an independent third-party audit before they can get the certified seal. The certified seal offered by this program gives the company legitimacy in the ever-changing CBD and hemp markets in the United States.
Why is This Certification Program Important?
While CBD oil and cannabis supporters rejoiced when the Farm Bill was passed in 2018, some logistical challenges have surfaced since then. One major problem is that consumers in this industry lack protection from various CBD companies that ignore CBD research and regulations and are looking to simply take advantage of the peak trends of the market.
Because of this, there is a lack of standardization and consistency of CBD product quality, consistency, marketing, potency, packaging, manufacturing, etc. As a result of this lack of regulation and consistency, the certification program for CBD was launched by the U.S. Hemp Authority. This program aims to bring consistency and order to the current chaos.
How Does This Certification Program Work?
CBD and hemp companies can apply for certification, which requires an all-inclusive review and inspection of the grower’s or manufacturer’s:
•Quality control systems
The purpose of this certification program is to make sure that the company selling CBD vaping or any other CBD products is operating in an appropriate and safe manner, throughout all states of production and distribution. Through this certification program, the U.S.
Hemp Authority educates manufacturers and growers in:
•Appropriate product labeling
•FDA regulations for food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and beverages
•Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
•FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
•Definition of commonly misunderstood industry terms e.g. CBD isolate, full spectrum CBD oil, etc.
The Impact of Certification Program on the CBD Industry
CBD and hemp companies that have met the stringent requirements and passed the rigorous audit offered via the certification program acquire the U.S. Hemp Authority certified seal. As a result, consumers who buy products from such companies can rest easy knowing that they are receiving products that follow the cGMP and GAP standards, have been properly sourced from hemp, and have proper recordkeeping in case of any safety recalls or concerns. Analysts believe that the CBD industry as a whole is pleased with the way it is shaping up and moving to impose such requirements and regulations even before federal authorities do it.