The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has launched a new pilot accreditation program for the Purity-IQ Cannabis Authenticity and Purity Certification Program.
The program provides the requirements for conformity assessment to the Cannabis Authenticity and Purity Standard (CAPS). Holders of a license and Certificate of Recognition under the recognition of Purity-IQ can develop and implement an Authenticity and Identity Management System (AIMS), in which good manufacturing practices (GMPs) and good agriculture practices (GAPs) are documented, verifiable, validated, and proven to be effective.
CAPS is designed to consider all GMP and GAP requirements for cannabis and hemp, so that these products can be authenticated and consistently produced, packaged, labelled, distributed, stored, sampled, and tested before being sold in any market, either domestic or foreign. The requirements defined in the Purity-IQ standard apply to all license holders, regardless of whether they are required by regulation or self–imposed to meet internal corporate objectives.
ANAB’s accreditation program will operate in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065, General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems, and the Purity-IQ – Cannabis Authenticity and Purity Standard (CAPS) – Issue 1.0, which includes the following parts:
- Part I – Standard – Requirements for Good Manufacturing Practice and Good Agricultural Practice
- Part II – Cannabis Authenticity and Purity Standard: Testing
- Part III – Cannabis Authenticity and Purity Standard: Purity-IQ services
“Having a robust standard for cannabis authenticity and consistency for use by all certification bodies involved in the industry will help streamline processes to meet multiple customer and retailer needs, while assuring authenticity and consistency,” said R. Douglas Leonard, ANAB vice president for product, inspection, laboratory, and related activities.
ANAB will accept applications for the pilot accreditation program from September 1, 2021, through November 1, 2021. To learn more about the requirements and begin the application process, visit https://anab.ansi.org/product-certification/sector-programs.