Your Certification Begins here

The U.S. Hemp Authority® creates and upholds stringent regulatory standards through independent third-party auditing, certifying hemp and CBD growers and products. Since the program was established in late 2018, more than 50 companies have been awarded the Certification Seal under Guidance Procedures 1.0.

Download the Guidance Procedures 2.0
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Your Steps to Certification

Step 1

Download the Guidance Procedures 2.0

Learn more about the rigorous standards that govern the U.S. Hemp Authority® Certification Program


Step 2

Apply for an Audit

Once you are prepared for inspection, organize your audit through our third-party independent auditor, FoodChain ID.


Step 3

Successfully Complete Audit

Successfully complete U.S. Hemp Authority audit through our third-party independent auditor, FoodChain ID.


Step 4

Receive Your Certification

Once you receive your results, submit them with your licensing agreement and fee to the U.S. Hemp Authority to gain your official status as U.S. Hemp Authority® Certified

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What’s New in Guidance Procedures 2.0

Guidance Procedures 2.0, launched in late 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, along with consumers, trade associations, consumer safety associations, and academia 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 by the Technical Committee in response to more than 2000 comments that were sent to the U.S. Hemp Authority during the public comment period. 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