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 will include in-person meetings, as well as a renewed online effort of seeking public comment.

We welcome your comments for additions and corrections to the Guidance Program, as well as to the Guidance documents and checklists. In order to be effective, we request specific guidance language for any new provisions that commenters believe should be included in Guidance Plan 2.0. We will only consider comments that provide the commenter’s name, email and/or phone number so that we can follow up with requests for additional information and/or analyses.

  • March 5 – April 15, 2019: Suggestions for changes and additions were submitted to David Bossman at by April 15, 2019.
  • 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 will be available for public comment. Comments should be submitted to David Bossman at by September 15, 2019.
  • 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.)