As the number of cannabis users continues to rise, the need for accredited standards and a third-party cannabis certification system is essential. An absence of standards in any other industry – pharmaceutical, automobile, tobacco, alcohol is unacceptable. Cannabis is no different.
FOCUS: Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards is an independent, third-party, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit created to develop cannabis specific standards to answer this unmet need in the marketplace in order to protect public health, consumer safety, and safeguard the environment.
Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards
FOCUS offers a comprehensive, proactive approach to cannabis quality management through the implementation of industry wide cannabis–specific Good Manufacturing Practice standards and third–party certification managed through a digital compliance system. FOCUS standards provide cannabis–specific, detailed safety, process, design and performance requirements based on existing international quality and safety guidelines in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, food safety, and agriculture. FOCUS standards and third–party certification are a turnkey framework for federal, state and local lawmakers when creating and implementing cannabis regulations.
A standard is an agreed upon way of doing things. It is a pre-determined criteria for a given situation. Standards represent an agreed upon norm to guide our daily lives and help us make informed decisions. They are not good or bad, but provide a basis to measure and assess activities and things.
“The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that standards and conformity assessment impact more than 80% of global commodity trade.”*
With that growth comes responsibility.
Responsibility to protect:
public health, consumer safety and the environment,
and FOCUS fills that void.
I am confident these Standards will benefit business owners, patients, consumers and regulatory agencies.