Americans for Safe Access Foundation has created the Patient Focused Certification (PFC) Program to address issues of quality control and product safety in the cannabis industry to ensure patients (consumers) and their healthcare providers can rely on high-quality medical cannabis products and services. ASA has been advocating for safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research on behalf patients for over a decade. Founded in 2002, ASA developed a vision for safe access that includes a legal and regulatory framework that has shaped the medical cannabis industry we see today.
The PFC Program has established guidelines that provide a system of processes, procedures, and documentation to ensure that Cannabis products (hemp, medical cannabis, and cannabis-derived products intended for human consumption) have the strength, composition, purity, and identity they claim to constitute or possess. PFC helps companies that are cultivating, manufacturing, and distributing these products achieve a commitment to quality and product safety. PFC represents the consensus of the world’s leading experts on cannabis, hemp and botanical product regulations.
PFC addresses quality control & product safety through:
- Developing and Adopting Industry Standards
- Industry and Regulatory Training
- Certification Program
To date, we have
- Worked with American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) to release a Cannabis Monograph, which now serves as a guide for identifying the quality, purity, and potency of the cannabis plant internationally;
- Collaborated with the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) to create the AHPA Cannabis Committee which has developed industry standards in the form of Recommendations for Regulators for Distribution, Cultivation, Analytics, and Manufacturing, Packaging and Labeling;
- Worked with regulators to get AHP and AHPA cannabis standards adopted in over a dozen states and;
- Partnered with American Chemical Society (ACS) divisions of Small Chemical Business(SCHB), Agriculture and Food (AGFD), and Chemical Health & Safety(CH&S) to create a Cannabis Chemistry committee to provide education and training that addresses the needs of laboratories, chemists, and service/equipment providers
What Our Clients Say
- We are focused on implementing industry best practices to ensure Maryland’s medical cannabis compliance inspectors are the best trained in the nation. The rigorous regulatory and clinical oversight called for in the ASA PFC program will ensure the safety, security and quality of the medicine being grown, processed, inspected and delivered in our state.
Hannah ByronMD Cannabis Commission
- The PFC program is the first of its kind in the medical marijuana industry, and it is a vital step in bringing additional credibility to an industry with laws and regulations that vary by state. “Now patients have a resource that bridges those state-by-state differences.
Steve WhiteHarvest of Tempe
- The PFC program is exceptionally important in the absence of state regulations which require mandatory testing. We’re exceptionally proud to be a part of this forward-looking program which is establishing excellent standards of operations across all organizations involved in the medical cannabis supply chain.
Jeffrey C. Raber, Ph.D.The Werc Shop, Inc.
- The Patient Focused Certification program is long overdue. Patients deserve to know that the products they receive are of the highest standard. As Mayor of Sebastopol, I am relieved to know that there are product safety standards established by a trusted national organization to help guide local governments
Mayor Robert JacobSparc
- In the face of failure by state legislators to develop sensible dispensary regulations in Washington State, the Patient Focused Certification program encourages the industry to adhere to important safety and quality standards. This program gives the industry a baseline to affirm what we’re doing right and to improve upon the service we provide to patients.
Maria MosesDockside Co-op