The PFC Standard establishes guidelines that provide a system of processes, procedures, and documentation to ensure that hemp, cannabis, hemp-derived, and cannabis-derived products have the strength, composition, purity, and identity they represent to possess and that the companies cultivating, manufacturing, and distributing these products are committed to quality and product safety. This standard provides the foundation of integrity for the PFC program and has been developed through ASA’s partnership with the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP).

Without clear and consistent standards, the cannabis and hemp industries have no guidelines to follow when determining best practices. Without consistent rules and regulations between the states many operators may find themselves unsure of which set of guidelines they should follow. The PFC Standard sets the bar for cannabis and hemp operators to find not only success within their respective markets but also success in the actualization of a federally structured program.

This Standard is intended to be used as a guide by operations seeking PFC Business Certification to identify the areas of assessment that PFC assessors will be looking at. The requirements of Subparts A through I apply to all different operation types and all sections that are not applicable will be marked as such.

Unless otherwise specified, use of the term Cannabis is taken to include both cannabis and hemp species.


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