The US Hemp Authority's Certification program is the product of a years-long industry effort to promote high standards, best practices and self-regulation for hemp farming, processing and product manufacture and sale that culminated in the development of Guidance Plan 1.0. Here's a brief history of the developments to date.

The program is, and will always be, a work in improvement. For the program to succeed, the US Hemp Authority has opened up its processes and deliberations to all individuals, firms, and organizations in every aspect of the hemp industry.

On March 1, the Authority launched Guidance Plan 2.0, to be in place by 2020, aimed at applying the lessons of the initial launch of the program and taking even greater input from stakeholders in the hemp industry on how to improve the program and its standards. This effort included in-person meetings, as well as a renewed online effort of seeking public comment.

The draft Version 2.0 was released for public comment on July 25, and the comment period ended on September 15. Read it here.

We received thousands of comments for additions and corrections to the Guidance Program, as well as to the Guidance documents and checklists. Our Technical Committee (listed here) is currently reviewing the comments and preparing the final version of the guidance. The goal date for publication of Version 2.0 is November 1.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact David Bossman at

  • March 5 – April 15, 2019: Suggestions for changes and additions were submitted to David Bossman.
  • April 16 – June 1, 2019: The Technical Committee drafted Version 2.0 and provided feedback to those who submitted changes and additions.
  • July 25 – September 15, 2019: The Draft of Version 2.0 was available for public comment.
  • November 1, 2019: Goal date for publication of Version 2.0 (intended to give time for third-party audits to be complete by December 31, 2019.)


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