New York, NY (January 8, 2018) - The National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB), the first and only self-regulatory organization (SRO) for U.S. licensed cannabis businesses, has published for public comment its Laboratory Testing and Product Integrity National Standards. The Standards are designed to help NACB members distinguish themselves to consumers and regulators that they operate at the highest levels of ethics and responsibility. The NACB Laboratory Testing and Product Integrity National Standards are available for public review and comment on the NACB website at www.NACB.com from today until Feb 7, 2019.
The new NACB Laboratory Testing and Product Integrity National Standards address key public health and safety concerns, including:
- Ensuring that testing variances for THC (10%) and CBD (15%) are strict but reasonable.
- Preventing conflicts of interest by prohibiting businesses to test their products at laboratories in which they have a financial interest.
- Ensuring that the methods used to test cannabis for potency and contaminants are accredited by professional third-party bodies.
- Requiring that any claims regarding the purity of contaminant levels of cannabis are lab-verified.
NACB CEO Gina Kranwinkel states, “These Standards do not impose a rigid one-size-fits-all set of requirements on cannabis cultivators and manufacturers. Instead, they represent a handful of reasonable measures that responsible businesses can implement to set themselves apart and to demonstrate an ethical approach to product testing.”
This is the third NACB National Standard to be made available for public review and comment. National Standards on Packaging and Labeling and on Advertising were adopted earlier this year.
NACB National Standards Review Period
The NACB Laboratory Testing and Product Integrity National Standards will be posted online for a four-week period - until February 7, 2019 - during which anyone can offer their comment. Every comment will be reviewed and considered and may result in a revision of the Standards. Following the review period, a new draft of the Standards will be circulated to NACB members for a final vote to approve and adopt it.
Compliance with the NACB National Standard
Non-compliance with the NACB Laboratory Testing and Product Integrity National Standards, as with all NACB standards, can result in expulsion from the NACB or other consequences.