Patient Focused Certification Program


Calibrating the Medical Cannabis Industry for Excellence!


Patient Focused Certification, PFC is an innovative new program that is calibrating the medical cannabis industry for excellence.  Comprehensive and flexible, PFC is what patients, healthcare providers, companies, and regulators can depend on to identify reliable, high-quality medical cannabis products and services.

ASA has created PFC to address product and distribution safety in the medical cannabis industry. The program provides components for operators, legislators and regulators to promote the adoption of safe and reasonable industry standards and regulations from seed to consumption.

PFC is a third-party certification program for the medical cannabis industry based on the new quality standards for medical cannabis products and businesses issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP) Cannabis monograph.  PFC Certification and professional training is available in all 20 medical cannabis states and the District of Columbia.

Setting the Standard

  • Bringing operation and product standards to the medical cannabis industry
  • Educating medical cannabis providers in the areas of law, regulation and best practice
  • Providing regulators with attainable standards for medical cannabis businesses
  • Informing health care providers of legitimate clinical applications for medical cannabis


In This Section

What is PFC?

PFC is the only certification based on the new quality standards for medical cannabis products & business issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).

Standards Development

PFC certifies compliance with state and local regulations as well as AHPA and AHP standards and provides standardized industry training in collaboration with the Cannabis Training Institute.

Professional Training

PFC industry trainings are co-produced with the Cannabis Training Institute (CTI). Such trainings are mandatory in some states such as DC, MA, NV, CT, and AZ and for businesses seeking PFC certification. Certificates are also available for individuals wanting to enter the medical cannabis industry.

AHPA Guidelines

Standards are established guidelines which provide a system of processes, procedures, and documentation to assure medical cannabis products have the quality, strength, composition, and identity they represent to possess, and the companies that distribute them are committed to quality.

Patient Focused Professional Credentials

Certifications and credentials offered through the Patient Focused Certification website.


Patients Focused Certified Companies across the country.