NEW: U.S. Hemp Authority Has Just Released Their 3.0 Standard Guideline Procedures!
We’ve got big news as it relates to the Hemp industries premier regulatory body, the new 3.0 Standard Guideline Procedures have just been released!
We’ve discussed the 2.0 Guidelines previously, the interim 3.0 Guidelines as well as 5 Reasons Why You Should Only Purchase Products Certified by the U.S. Hemp Authority.
This topic is one we're well versed in, and will continue to keep you up-to-date on.
The previous interim 3.0 Guidelines were not set in stone, and as of Feb 18th, 2021 - these new guidelines are here to stay.
Today we’ll briefly explain what the Hemp Authority is, why this certification matters to anyone buying CBD, as well as what this new update means for all Hemp stakeholders.
But, we'd also encourage everyone reading to sign up for their complimentary webinar that is taking place on March 23rd from 1-2 P.M EST. This webinar is free, & will breakdown all these new changes in a more informal manner. You can register for that webinar here.
While this is a moment of celebration, we'd also like to give a shout out to all the good people at the U.S. Hemp Authority. Their continued commitment to creating a more safe, reliable, & trustworthy Hemp & CBD industry is truly inspiring, and much needed.
Now, let’s dive in.
What Is The U.S. Hemp Authority?
According to the Hemp Authority’s website, their certification program is “our industry’s initiative to provide high standards, best practices, and self-regulation, giving consumers and retailers confidence in Hemp and CBD products.”
Cutting through their fancy verbiage, to summarize the Hemp Authority’s mission in a few words… they’ve brought legitimate CBD products to the U.S. market.
Consumer confidence in CBD has been faltering for the last 12-24 months, due to lack of truthfulness in labeling, flooding of unreliable companies into the market, & even possible harmful contaminants in products.
Recognizing that this industry is made of a lot more “good guys” than bad, the Hemp Authority was formed in early 2018 as a way to provide self governance for our industry.
After the first 1.0 Standard Guidelines were published, the Hemp Authority knew there would need to be changes made to stay current to what our industry leaders need from this program.
That’s why the Hemp Authority has adopted annual renewals for their guidelines to begin with, and the new 3.0 Standard Guidelines are simply fulfilling that initial mission of providing the most up-to-date, comprehensive, & effective regulatory body for all things Hemp.
Why The U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Matters To You
When you go to fill up your gas tank, do you think twice about the safety of the gas you’re putting into your car?
Or what about when you go to a nice restaurant? Is there a concern the food hasn’t been properly cooked?
Or the grocery store? Do you walk around wondering if the fruits or vegetables have been tested, regulated, & held to a high standard?
Not quite - right?
The U.S. Hemp Authority is attempting to bring that same level of consumer confidence to the Hemp & CBD industry.
By partnering with FoodChain ID, the Hemp Authority has brought more than 20 years of certification & verification experience to this unregulated market.
While the FDA continues to stand on the sidelines on this regulatory issue, the top companies & industry leaders have decided to self regulate for the betterment of all involved.
This certification is extremely in-depth, expensive, & all inclusive. Only the top CBD companies in the country have passed this certification, and that’s for a good reason.
Most companies will offer a third-party lab result for their products. But, those lab reports aren’t always the most up-to-date or reliable piece of information when it comes to the products you’re putting into your body.
If a brand has the Hemp Authority certification attached to their products, you can rest assure that there has been a full third-party audit done of their entire production process.
This certification includes a full day on-site inspection of their facilities, which requires full block chain tracking of their ingredients, their extraction methods, how they bottle their products, what type of Hemp they use, and much more.
You can read a detailed breakdown of their certification here, but the general idea is no “Average Joe” of a company can come off the streets and pass this certification.
These companies have spent a lot of time, money, and resources to ensure the products you’re putting into your body are safe, reliable, and reputable.
New Changes From 2.0 Standard Guidelines to the 3.0 Standard Guidelines
The first change to note is the name of the certification. They have rebranded from 2.0 Standard Guidelines to 3.0 Standard Version. Minor, but worth noting.
A lot of the actual changes from 2.0 to the 3.0 Standard for the U.S. Hemp Authority centered around streamlining the process & verbiage in the certification.
The first noticeable difference between the two documents is the length. The 2.0 guideline procedures were 80 pages, the new ones are now only 23.
The reduction in length can be attributed to a few things, most noticeably the absence of repetitive language.
Previously, there was a detailed breakdown of the requirements for the Hemp growers, CBD brand owners, and the manufacturers/processors. Each level in the supply chain of CBD can vary in requirements, but there’s much more regulatory requirements they share in common rather than differ from.
Now, to get to the Nitty-Gritty of the changes, let’s take a bullet point approach.
Some notable changes from the 2.0 U.S. Hemp Authority Guidelines to the 3.0 Standard Version include;
- Added an introduction
- Explicit analytical protocols for ingredients
- Updated rules around truthful labeling of products
- Requirements of suppliers have been clarified
- New responsibilities on broad owners who do not physically handle products themselves, specifically as it relates to their suppliers
- Clarification on product descriptions like Full & Broad Spectrum
- Glossary updates
- Annex added to explain the certification process
Bullet points only cover so much however, so we recommend any interested stakeholders browse over the entire document here.
Our Thoughts on the New 3.0 Standard Version Guidelines from the U.S. Hemp Authority
One thing we appreciate about these new guidelines is how they’ve taken the industry's feedback and adjusted their requirements to best suit our industry.
Hemp is an ever changing industry, with new equipment, products, & state requirements popping up consistently.
In order to maintain necessary & reasonable regulation possible for all Hemp stakeholders, the U.S. Hemp Authority certification process has to stay up-to-date with industries latest trends & take feedback from their members serious.
These new 3.0 Standard Guidelines do exactly that.
It’s also refreshing to see the Hemp Authority cut the length of their document by almost 75%.
The strict rules that are required to pass this certification were not lost in this reduction of length, this move simply made the certification easier to understand, and therefore more accessible to all stakeholders in Hemp.
The new 3.0 Standard Version set forth by the U.S. Hemp Authority keeps their certification fresh, relevant, & as important as ever.
Anyone looking to buy CBD, CBG, CBN or any other Hemp related product should only do so if they’ve got the Seal of Approval from the U.S. Hemp Authority.
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