ISO 9001 Quality Management is an international standard. The certification can recognize superior levels of quality in both products and services. Licensed Producers and their supply chain recognize that ISO Certification can span multiple disciplines that all meet – or exceed – the stringent requirements of an ISO Standards certification body.
“There are few cannabis producers in the world with ISO 9001 Certification which sets apart the ones who have achieved this worthwhile Standard,” says John Hill of Pioneer Performance Inc. “What’s more, ISO Certification is available for all key elements of a business including processing, distribution, information security, occupational health & safety, environmental, laboratory testing, energy management and customer service.”
Licensed Producers who have achieved Certification in various ISO Standards have not only demonstrated their commitment to superior products and service, but as part of the annual audit process clearly impresses stakeholders with their plans to continually improve their processes. ISO Standards provide the tools to consistently advance performance in foundational areas of the business.
For Licensed Producers making efforts to “Raise the Bar” for the global cannabis industry, ISO Standards Certification confirms that they do what they say, say what they do… and prove it.
ISO Certification ISO 9001 Quality Management is an international standard. The certification can recognize superior levels of quality in both products and services. Licensed Producers and their
The FOCUS Standards
The FOCUS Standards are now available for purchase. (Cost: $300). If you are interested in purchasing them for your cannabis business, click here.
The FOCUS Standards offer the most comprehensive quality and safety standards published to date and provide direction for all facets of cannabis operations. The FOCUS Standards represent two years of collaborative work, first building a diverse, impartial consensus body and then crafting each standard using balanced input methodology. Each standard listed is available as a complete, stand-alone document (custom modular versions for vertically integrated operations may be available on request).
Each of the FOCUS Standards contains custom operations and product quality sections specific to that topic. They also cover the following standard topics: Definitions; Resources; Management Summary; Training, Worker Practices; Health and Safety Program; Product Testing; Product Traceability and Recall; Product Storage; Receiving and Transport; Equipment Management; Facility Maintenance; Sanitary Facilities; Sanitation Practices; Waste Management; Environmental and Business Sustainability; and Security Program.
Cannabis cultivation is one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the world today. It involves a combination of farming and science. The FOCUS cultivation standard covers all aspects of cannabis cultivation, from production plan to harvest practices. The audit process created by FOCUS includes detailed criteria in sixteen categories to guide cannabis cultivation operations. -up to operational stability, continuous improvement and industry-leading performance. read more cannabis cultivation
RETAIL | DISPENSARY
The FOCUS Retail/Dispensary Committee develops detailed standards to guide the safe and productive operation of cannabis retail stores and medical cannabis dispensaries. The standard requires the retail or dispensary operation to demonstrate management responsibility, worker training, worker practices, cleaning and sanitation, compliant facility operations, patient and consumer procedures, record keeping, traceability and recall, product testing, product safety, product transfers, pest management, security, waste management, product storage, formulas, packaging and labeling, transportation and worker health and safety. read more cannabis retail & dispensary
Cannabis extraction produces a range of concentrated products such as hash oil, shatter and wax. Extraction can also isolate specific cannabis compounds for medicine and research. The FOCUS extraction standard provides detailed guidance on critical processes such as product purity, safety and traceability. read more cannabis extraction
This FOCUS standard details a full range of food and sanitation criteria along with guidelines for manufacturing, storage, processing, product safety, hazard analysis, equipment, testing and other vital aspects . Edibles, salves, beverages and tinctures can be infused with cannabis compounds to produce a wide range of products, including peanut brittle, chocolate, taffy apples, brownies, dried apricots, lip balm and skin lotion. read more cannabis infused products
This FOCUS standard draws on the expertise of law enforcement, security experts, dispensary operators and regulators to define the security guidelines for all aspects of a cannabis operation. It begins with risk assessment and includes requirements for alarm systems, video surveillance, transportation security, background checks, employee training and general operations. read more cannabis security
This FOCUS standard brings scientific, technical, government and industry experts together to define the rigid requirements for testing and laboratory management. Consumers, regulators, medical professionals and researchers can now access certified specifications to validate product safety, compliance and accuracy. read more cannabis laboratory
PACKAGING | LABELING
The FOCUS standard defines the labeling and packaging requirements using existing nutraceutical, dietary supplement, and over-the counter standards as a baseline and pharmaceutical specifications as necessary. The development committee adds industry knowledge, design-for-manufacturing specifications, state-by-state requirements, and future packaging trends to the standard to assure robustness, consistent and understandable labels so the consumer is properly informed, and guide businesses toward full market access. read more cannabis packaging & labeling
The FOCUS sustainability standard sets guidelines for environmental concerns such as ecosystem management, water use, energy use, chemical elimination, carbon footprint reduction, recycling and waste management. Sustainability extends viability, employees, community and crisis planning and other factors that contribute to long-term success. read more cannabis sustainability
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The Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards develops comprehensive, international, third-party, voluntary-consensus standards for the cannabis industry