Hemp extract, which naturally contains phytocannabinoids including cannabidiol (CBD), has become an increasingly popular ingredient in a variety of consumer products including dietary supplements, cosmetics, and more. As the category has grown, so have the questions over quality control and regulation. BSCG answers the important questions with BSCG Certified CBD™, the first broad-spectrum third-party CBD and hemp product certification program available internationally.
Our CBD and hemp product certification increases consumer confidence and awareness by ensuring products meet specifications and will not put users at risk of psychoactive effects or positive drug tests from THC. As a complete quality control and compliance solution it offers brands an excellent risk management solution. The CBD and hemp product certification approach includes hemp supplier verification, phytocannabinoids and contaminant testing with a daily dose limit applied to THC for drug testing protection, testing for 496+ drugs on the WADA Prohibited List and other pharmaceutical contaminants, and a review of claims and the quality control process. Our batch certification reports are available to the public providing full transparency.
The BSCG Certified CBD™ programs deliver a marketing solution to brands that wish to showcase the premium quality of their CBD and hemp products and distinguish themselves as leaders in the hemp industry. They also offer unparalleled protection to consumers and athletes.
THC is the chemical in cannabis that causes psychoactive effects and is a primary target in sport and workplace drug testing programs. Hemp is a form of cannabis that is bred to be very low in THC with high amounts of CBD. In most of the world for hemp to be legally grown it must test below 0.3% THC in both raw material and any finished product form. We consider the 0.3% THC threshold in our program, but we also go beyond that in order to protect athletes or other consumers from the risk of a positive drug test. We apply a daily dose limit on THC designed to ensure that levels in urine will be well below the THC thresholds used in sport or workplace drug testing. These levels are also well below the level that would lead to any psychoactive effects. BSCG Certified CBD™ products should not lead to unwanted effects or positive drug tests if used as directed.
When it comes to CBD and hemp products, our third-party certification provides answers to some of the most frequent and important questions from consumers, including athletes and others who are subject to sport or workplace drug testing.
Is there enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) present to cause unwanted psychoactive effects or a positive drug test from suggested use? What is the phytocannabinoid content in a serving, and how much CBD do I get? Does the product really come from legal hemp? Could my product contain any banned substances in sport, pharmaceutical drugs, or potentially dangerous synthetic cannabinoids? Are harmful levels of contaminants, such as heavy metals, pesticides, solvents or microbiological agents present? Do products meet quality control guidelines for the hemp product industry and good manufacturing practices outlined for the dietary supplement industry?
The BSCG Certified CBD™ program answers all these key questions with science and application of a consistent ongoing testing regiment. Phytocannabinoid profile testing and screening for banned substances in sport, pharmaceutical drugs, and synthetic cannabinoids is done on every batch. Contaminant testing for heavy metals, pesticides, solvents, and microbiological agents is done on every tenth batch. Expanded testing for more than 300 synthetic cannabinoids is conducted randomly.
BSCG Certified CBD™ provide brands with a compliance strategy that not only ensures consistency in the final product, but also ensures that suppliers are qualified, and a proper quality control process is in place. BSCG’s rigorous certification process, and the seals that represent it, showcase brands and their products as leaders within the CBD and hemp product industry.
Good manufacturing practices, quality management system, product claims and labels are audited and evaluated as part of the BSCG Certified CBD™ initial certification process. This is conducted in consideration of both good manufacturing practices for dietary supplements and American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Recommendations for Regulators and Guidance Policy for the cannabis and hemp product industry. Our focus is in on supplier qualification, raw material quality control and testing, finished product quality control and testing, label compliance, and website claims review.
BSCG Certified CBD™ products are available now with more in the pipeline! Check out our list of certified hemp and CBD products here.
For more detailed information about hemp and CBD, read our blog “Demystifying hemp, CBD, cannabis and marijuana and considerations on regulations.”
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