DEERFIELD, Ill. — The U.S. Hemp Authority, the hemp industry's initiative to provide high standards, best practices and self-regulation, announced the release of its newest certification standard, version 3.0. The revised version reflects the organization's efforts to continually improve by applying lessons learned about the new industry and significant public input.
"The U.S. Hemp Authority's revised certification standards are a result of public and industry feedback," said U.S. Hemp Authority President Marielle Weintraub. "The revisions seek to streamline the process while still providing high standards, best practices and self-regulation for ingredient transparency and truth in labeling."
The changes from versions 2.0 to 3.0 help clarify the expectations intended for the program's framers, with the added insight of another year of experience gained by the industry and new regulations promulgated by the Department of Agriculture. This annual recertification program assures that all certified organizations have met their revised requirements. Details of the changes can be found at Technical Committee | US Hemp Authority.
U.S. Hemp Authority certification helps farmers, product manufacturers, brand owners and retailers secure mainstream market share by appealing to consumer and trade concerns about the veracity of product claims and serves to legitimize the evolving hemp/CBD consumer product category.
In an effort initially funded by the U.S. Hemp Roundtable and joined by trade organizations such as the Hemp Industries Association, industry firms, testing laboratories, agronomists and quality assessors, the certification provides comprehensive guidance for growers, processors/manufacturers and brand owners of ingestible and cosmetic hemp products. Participants are licensed to use the certified seal of the U.S. Hemp Authority after meeting stringent self-regulatory standards, passing an independent third-party audit and entering into a licensing agreement.
As the exclusive certifying body for the U.S. Hemp Authority Certification seal, FoodChain ID, a food safety, testing and sustainability organization, is implementing updated certification procedures.
"As consumers increasingly demand to know what is in the foods and products they buy, our suite of testing and verification services helps meet this demand," said Mark Dabroski, FoodChain ID senior vice president, commercial services.