The US Hemp AuthorityTM'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. The U.S. Hemp AuthorityTM creates and upholds stringent regulatory standards through independent third-party auditing, certifying safe and quality-assured hemp and CBD brands. Since the program was established in early 2019, more than 50 companies have been awarded the Certification Seal under Guidance Procedures 1.0. Here's a brief history of the developments to date.

Guidance Procedures 2.0, launched in the spring of 2019, was aimed at applying the lessons of the initial launch of the program and taking even greater input from stakeholders across the hemp industry on how to improve the program and its standards. The efforts included two rounds of public comment and review and refinement by an expert Technical Committee, representing every element of the hemp industry.

Guidance Procedures 2.0 reflects several significant policy changes made in response to more than 2000 comments received from hemp industry stakeholders. These include:

  • Processors, manufacturers and brand owners are now responsible for complying with all relevant FDA regulations for foods, beverages, cosmetics and dietary supplements, to ensure that product safety is the highest priority.
  • Genetically-engineered hemp is prohibited from the program, and genetically-engineered non-hemp ingredients must be identified on the product label.
  • Product labeling must include the country of origin of the hemp biomass from which the product was derived.
  • Synthetic and biosynthetic CBD and other synthetic and biosynthetic cannabinoids are prohibited from the program, as are cannabimimetic phytochemicals.
  • The terms “broad spectrum,” “full spectrum” and “isolate” have been defined for use in labeling.