QIMA/WQS offers CSQ Certification to promote industry best practices and improve the overall safety and quality of cannabis and cannabis-infused products in the market.

Currently, the US has 36 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana for medical use, 15 of those states allow adults to use it for recreational use.  The public’s view of cannabis has been changing. One in three Americans live in a state with legal weed, and, according to Gallup poll, 68% of Americans support federal cannabis legalization National Cannabis Industry Association).

In recent years there has been a rise in the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana worldwide, which has influenced the rapid growth of the industry. Other promising markets are Australia, Germany, Poland, Colombia, Uruguay, and Israel.

Cannabis market research firm the Brightfield Group estimates that the international cannabis market will hit $31.4 billion by 2021. What kind of growth can be expected beyond that? Another marketing firm, Grand View Research, estimates that the global legal marijuana market will reach $66.3 billion by the end of 2025.

According to Cannabiz Media, the legal marijuana business is creating jobs and opportunities with around 9,397 licenses in the U.S., including cultivators, manufacturers, dispensaries, and deliverers and labs.

Cannabis Safety and Quality Audits

Although the cannabis industry is fairly new, it’s essential for your business to establish a safety management process, where it maintains product safety and quality. QIMA/WQS offers the Cannabis Safety & Quality (CSQ) Standards.

The Standards were launched in 2020 to promote industry best practices and improve the overall safety and quality of cannabis and cannabis-infused products in the market. The CSQ Certification Program and applicable standards were built around both the ISO/IEC 17067 and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Benchmarking requirements. Each standard has been developed by industry professionals and stakeholders to meet industry, customers, and regulatory requirements from seed-to-sale. Sites who achieve the CSQ certification will prove to their customers that they are fully committed to supplying only the safest and highest quality products on the market.

Do You Need CSQ Certification?

  • Improve product safety 

  • Improve product quality and consistency

  • Meet regulatory compliance

  • Eliminate potential risks and possible recalls

  • Marketing advantages over competitors who are not audited by a third-party

  • Improvement in consumer confidence and an increase in brand loyalty

Why Choose QIMA/WQS for CSQ Certification and Audits?

  • A team with over 30 years of experience in the food industry supply chain, ready to deliver end-to-end solutions to your business.
  • Specialized in the food industry, with a structure designed to facilitate and expedite the complex certification process and support you every step of the way. 
  • QIMA/WQS counts with local experienced food auditors approved for multiple schemes, specializing in all food quality safety areas.
  • More than 9,000 satisfied clients at every stage of the food supply chain.