How to Meet U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Requirements


Date:      January 20, 2022
Time:     9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time (Lunch Included)
Venue:   Radisson Hotel
111 North Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

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This course will cover what the requirements are and how to meet them to get products certified under the U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Program.   Good Agricultural and Collection Practice (GACP) requirements for hemp growers and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements for hemp dietary supplement consumer products will be covered during this course.    In addition, the course will also include the steps of the U.S. Hemp Authority certification process so that attendees will know what they need to do to get their hemp products certified and how to best interact with FoodChain ID staff to efficiently complete the certification process.

Key Learning Objectives:

​The following topics will be discussed for Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) for hemp:

  • General Farm Standards
  • Botanical Identity and Quality
  • Cultivation
  • Harvesting
  • Post-Harvest Handling and Processing
  • Laboratory Testing Requirements


The following topics will be discussed for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for hemp dietary supplements:

  • Quality Management
  • Facilities and Equipment
  • Material Controls
  • Production
  • Packaging and Labeling
  • Laboratory Controls and Testing Requirements


The following topics will be discussed for the U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Process:

  • Application
  • Service Agreement
  • GACP/GMP Site Inspection
  • Hemp Product Audit
  • Nonconformities and Corrective Actions
  • Certification
  • License Agreement
  • Maintaining Certification

Who should attend:

​Farmers/Growers and dietary supplement manufacturers and brand owners of hemp/CBD; potential and current U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Program participants; quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) staff.


John B. Atwater, Ph.D.

John B. Atwater, Ph.D. has over 30 years of experience in analytical chemistry, quality assurance and healthcare product development.  Dr. Atwater is currently the principal consultant at Ataqua Regulatory Services, and scientific and regulatory affairs project manager at Decernis, a FoodChainID company.  Prior to that, he worked at USP for 19 years, where he last served as the senior director of USP’s verification programs.  Dr. Atwater helped develop and implement the most stringent national/international verification program for dietary supplements, dietary ingredients, pharmaceutical excipients and active pharmaceutical ingredients.  Dr. Atwater joined USP after serving as director of the natural products analytical group at Hauser Technical Services, in Boulder, CO, where he worked with staff chemists to isolate natural drug actives and develop validated analytical test procedures for natural products analyses.  Dr. Atwater earned his B.A. in chemistry from the Colorado College, and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Colorado State University. He is a Regulatory Affairs Certified (RAC) professional and a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS).  He is a Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) and a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ).