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.

CultivationCannabis 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
ExtractionThe 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
ExtractionCannabis 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
InfusedThis 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
SecurityThis 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
LaboratoryThis 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
PackagingThe 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
BusinessThe 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