The National Industrial Hemp Council of America is the next trade group to get involved in setting standards and testing CBD for hemp-derived CBD.
The organization announced this week that it is working with industry partners to develop a pilot program roll out that sets standards for product testing protocols and labs.
Program participants will be able to label products with the final NIHC approval label, ensuring accuracy in product labeling that will set standards for ingredients and strengthen consumer confidence in CBD products with the seal.
“Since the 2018 Farm Bill passed, consumers have been waiting for the FDA to take action against CBD”Patrick Atagi, president and CEO of the National Industrial Hemp Council of America, said in a statement.
“Until now without any guidance from the FDA, NIHC is stepping up to develop our own testing standards and labeling protocols that we believe will improve consumer safety and protect the consumer's right to know.”
CBD testing for comprehensive certification
NIHC aims to establish an accurate, consistent testing regimen and comprehensive certification focused on product labeling integrity.
The organization is in talks with testing companies, labs and third-party verifiers to develop a program that will test the potency and safety profile of all cannabinoids.
A critical aspect of the program is the use of third-party accreditation bodies to certify that labs follow proper testing protocols and calibrate their equipment, and that testing is performed by well-trained technicians.
Food Safety Net Services, a food and consumer products testing company, will lead the effort during this program.
“This initiative will add value to the marketplace and peace of mind for consumers with reliable and transparent information about CBD products,” said Barry Carpenter, NIHC Board Member, Chair of the NIHC Standards Committee and Senior Advisor on Regulatory Affairs and Customer Relations for FSNS.
The NIHC plans to partner with international standards bodies in the pilot program that will open enrollment for CBDcompanies and labs will provide.