EcoGen Biosciences, a vertically-integrated manufacturer and supplier of hemp-derived specialty ingredients, has achieved the ISO 9001-2015 certification for its manufacturing process.
EcoGen has also received the British Retail Consortium Global Standards Certification for meeting FoodChain ID Certification L.C. requirements for excellence in the extraction, purification, crystallization, formulation, and packaging of cannabidiol (CBD) isolate and CBD distillate formulations, both packaged and stored ambient.
EcoGen, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kadenwood, aims to ensure consumers have access to products that match the quality, purity and potency they already expect from products in other market categories, such as food and cosmetics. There are currently over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries certified to ISO 9001, although it is still not widely adopted in the global hemp industry.
“In preparation for our audits, we began preparing months in advance to provide the necessary paperwork that reflects the tremendous work we have done to build out our systems and exceed current industry standards,” said Joseph Delaney, EcoGen’s VP of quality assurance & quality control. “In addition to elevating EcoGen to a high level of excellence as a standard within the CBD industry, this is a long-term commitment for EcoGen and one that we are proud to invest our time and effort into.”
ISO 9001’s audit process focuses on traceability through the entire supply chain, with material and products at the end linked to established global analytical standards. As one of the few hemp companies to secure the ISO 9001 accreditation, EcoGen is on the forefront of implementing standards and practices that exceed what is currently seen in the U.S. hemp marketplace.
EcoGen will work with independent auditors to maintain its certification with regular audits and testing each year. In the future, EcoGen looks to expand the ISO certification for distribution of third-party products and is looking to obtain a QC laboratory certification, ISO 17025.
The BRCGS START! program recognizes and encourages the development of food safety systems in small sites where food safety management systems are not yet mature. Developed in line with the full Food Safety Global Standard and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Global Markets program, it is recognized and supported by many leading brands and retailers, and is not yet widely adopted in the global hemp industry.