General FAQs

We found that most “Cannabis Standards” were just copy and paste from FDA’s requirements such as 21 CFR 117 for cGMPs. While cGMPs cover some of the basic safety and quality requirements needed by the cannabis industry, they don’t cover everything.

CSQ was made for the cannabis industry, by the cannabis industry. CSQ included multiple industry stakeholders in the development of the CSQ Certification Program. We even conducted several test audits at multiple cannabis growers and manufacturers around the U.S. Additionally, we are taking extra steps, through our public comment period, to let industry stakeholders that didn’t get a chance to provide input on the standard to let their voices and opinions be heard.

All locations wishing to become CSQ certified should go to our Getting Started page and follow the 8 simple steps to certification. Please note that CSQ does not perform CSQ audits. Locations wishing to become certified must go through a licensed Certification Body (CB). Click here to check out a list of our currently approved Certification Bodies.

Not yet! CSQ was built around both ISO requirements and the GFSI Benchmarking requirements. CSQ has been in open communication with GFSI for the past two years and plans to benchmark the standards in 2021.

To find out more information on how to become a Registered CSQ Auditor, Technical Reviewer, or Consultant click here.

CSQ covers any cannabis plant and/or manufactured cannabis products no matter if it is Hemp, CBD, Medical, or Recreational. We believe that no matter the form or use of cannabis it should be made lawfully and within compliance of local regulations and industry best practices.


Example products include:

Growing and Cultivation – Whole Flower, Pre-Rolls, etc.

Extraction – Kief, Dry Sift, Bubble Hash, Rosin, Live Resin, Shatter, Wax, Tinctures, Distillate, RSO, etc.

Food & Beverage – Baked & Snacks, Confectionary, Preserved Foods, Beverages, Food Ingredients, Food Additives, Dry Animal Food & Feed, etc.

Dietary Supplements – Tablets, Capsules, Gummies, Liquids, Energy Bars, Powders, etc.

CSQ recommends a minimum of 60 days of records. For locations that must get certified before they are open due to local regulations can obtain a 6-month provisional certificate.

Annual Certification Audits are done in the following three stages:

  1. Offsite documentation Evaluation
  2. Onsite Facility Evaluation
  3. Offsite Report Writeup

A certified location must score above a 70% on their certification audit, ensure all non-conformances are closed out, and maintain their annual registration and certification cycle.

Every certified location is required to receive an unannounced audit every 3 years.

The following table shows the minimum and maximum day limits for each stage of the audit. Audit duration will be different for each facility depending on complexity of processes.


Offsite Documentation Evaluation

1-2 days

Onsite Facility Evaluation

1-3 days

Offsite Report Writeup

1 day

The CSQ logo may be used on everything except for final product packaging. Examples include product displays, marketing material, brochures, flyers, advertisements, press releases, company website, internal documents, etc.