Cannabis Certification Program

    Steps to Cannabis Certification - How It Works

    About the Program

    ASTM International began developing standards for cannabis in 2017 with the creation of Committee D37 on Cannabis. Since then, the committee has grown to nearly 900 industry experts who have developed 15+ standards that address the quality and safety of cannabis products and processes. This includes test methods and best practices and guides for cultivation, quality assurance, laboratory testing, packing, and security.

    The ASTM International Cannabis Certification Program was developed by the Safety Equipment Institute in partnership with The GMP Collective, with the shared goal of helping all cannabis and hemp producers meet and exceed best practice standards, ensuring only consistent and safe products are available in the marketplace.

    Open to all cultivators, extractors, and producers, the program includes a quality system GMP audit of your facility operations, plus testing of cannabis flower samples using ASTM standards, if applicable. Once approved, cannabis businesses can use the ASTM certification mark on authorized product packaging and highlight in marketing materials.



    Why Get Certified?

    This program provides cannabis businesses with independent evidence that their products adhere to the strictest industry safety standards and meet and exceed state regulation requirements.

    Achieving certification shows key industry stakeholders and customers that your company is committed to best practices that ensure consumer and patient health and safety.

    Consumers can use your products with confidence knowing that your quality systems have been evaluated at the highest level. Reduce risks and product deficiency rates. Improve your reputation and increase profitability in this growing field by building trust with your customers.

    Consumers can use your products with confidence knowing that your quality systems have been evaluated at the highest level. Improve your reputation and increase profitability in this growing field by building trust with your customers.

    Quality Audits and Product Testing

    Quality System GMP Audit – All Programs

    Quality System GMP Audits evaluate operations against a set of best practices that proactively identify and mitigate risks that lead to product safety and compliance.

    Systems evaluated during the initial audit include your quality systems, sanitation processes, plus your facility’s security and surveillance systems. Findings from the audit can provide constructive and proactive information on deficiencies that, once addressed, increase the strength and efficiency of an operation.

    What ASTM standards are referenced as part of the Quality System GMP Audit?

    Cleaning and Disinfection Processes
    ASTM D8219 Standard Guide for Cleaning & Disinfection at a Cannabis Cultivation Center
    Security and Surveillance Systems
    ASTM D8205 Standard Guide for Video Surveillance System
    ASTM D8217 Standard Guide for Access Control System
    ASTM D8218 Standard Guide for Intrusion Detection System (IDS)
    QMS Standards
    ASTM D8229 Standard Guide for Corrective Action and Preventive Action (CAPA) for the Cannabis Industry
    ASTM D8250 Standard Practice for Applying a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) System for Cannabis Consumable Products
    ASTM D8286 Standard Guide for Processing Cannabis Product Complaints
    ASTM D8308 Standard Practice for Cannabis/Hemp Operation Compliance Audits

    Product Testing – Specific to Cultivator Program

    Initial testing will include a random selection of products and will be completed at an SEI-approved testing laboratory. The testing laboratory will perform tests in accordance with lab procedures and the specified standard. Upon completion of initial testing, ongoing certification testing is conducted randomly throughout the year.

    What test methods will be used to evaluate cannabis products?

    ASTM D8197 ASTM Specification for Maintaining Acceptable Water Activity for Dry Cannabis Flower

    How do I submit my samples?

    Samples are selected by the SEI auditor during the quality audit or random samples are collected from on-site retail locations.

    Ready to get certified? Contact Osvaldo Lugo to request an application form to get started.