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What’s New in Standard Version 3.0
The Standard has been significantly overhauled – so much so that a line-by-line comparison is not practical; version 2.0 contained approximately 80 pages of text, whereas version 3.0 has a little over 20 pages. The US Hemp Authority emphasizes that this reduction in no way however reduces the rigor of the program. Rather, the changes from v2.0 to v3.0 may be seen more as a clarification of the expectations intended by v2.0, with the added insight of another year of experience gained by the program. Operations certified in good standing to v2.0 will therefore find little in the way of new requirements. Changes are summarized as follows:
An introductory section has been added to the Standard, to describe the intentions, objectives and scope of the program. The scope of certifiable products and operation types is explicitly and intentionally broad.
The Glossary has been revised to remove terms no longer included in the rest of the text. Definitions have also been adjusted, most notably those of Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum. The US Hemp Authority recognizes that definitions are a matter of significant stakeholder discourse and has endeavored to craft ones that balance the most current regulatory, industry, and consumer needs. These definitions may be revised in subsequent versions of the Standard as understanding among the sector evolves.
Requirements around current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) and government regulations relating thereto are now referenced in the Standard, but the explicit details of applicable CFR sections are not spelled out in the Standard. Rather, demonstration of any given operation’s adherence to applicable laws is required, but the means through which this may be demonstrated is given flexibility. Furthermore, the intended outcomes of all such cGMPs are covered in the clauses of the US Hemp Authority Standard; all certified operations must heed clauses relevant to their type of operation(s).
Explicit analytical protocols have been specified for ingredients and products that are included in goods certified under the program.
Rules around labeling of certified products have been updated to heed regulatory, industry, and consumer concerns related to content, formulation, and clarity of messaging (truth in labeling). The US Hemp Authority recognizes that government regulations around labeling are not yet consistent across all regulatory authorities and therefore has attempted to strike a balance between legal necessity, credibility to consumers along the stated intentions and objectives of the program, and the need to retain a certain amount of flexibility.
Requirements around compliance and qualification of suppliers and their inputs to certified entities’ operations have been clarified, providing flexible options depending on the situation.
Responsibilities of Brand Owners, especially but not only those who do not physically handle any products themselves, have been clarified.
An annex has been added to the Standard, which describes the certification process.