The U.S. Hemp Authority TM  Certification Program, the hemp industry’s initiative to provide high standards, best practices, and self-regulation for hemp growers, processors, manufacturers, and brand owners in the dietary supplement, food/beverage, and cosmetic spaces, will be holding a public session on March 2nd to update industry stakeholders on the progress of the effort and solicit members for its Technical and Scientific Committee. The meeting, open to the public, will be held at Natural Products Expo West ®  on March 2nd, from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Anaheim on 777 W Convention Way in the Avalon Ballroom.
 
In 2019, the U.S. Hemp Authority TM  underwent a months-long effort involving farmers, experts, scientists, and industry stakeholders from across the country to strengthen its policies and standards. After receiving more than 2,000 comments, the organization debuted its Guidance Procedures 2.0 in November. For its groundbreaking work, Prevention magazine selected the U.S. Hemp Authority TM  for one of its 2019 Health Breakthrough Awards, billed as one of the top ten major medical innovations of the past year.
 
The Guidance Procedures, however, will always be considered a work in progress, and the group’s Technical and Scientific Committee is charged with ensuring that the organization’s standards and practices are consistently updated and improved. That’s why the group is putting out a call for new members for the Committee, and it is inviting all stakeholders – from farmers and processors, to manufacturers, brand owners, scientists, and more – to apply for this important work. The session at Natural Products Expo West ®  will be a chance for interested parties to learn more about the Certification Program, the Committee, and how they can participate.
 
On hand at the meeting will be U.S. Hemp Authority TM  President Marielle Weintraub and Vice President Joy Beckerman, as well as representatives from FoodChain ID, the new administrator of the Certification standard.
 
Individuals interested in applying for the Committee who cannot attend the session are encouraged to contact Brooke Robertson at info@ushempauthority.org .