Seal of Approval Guidelines

The United Patients Group Seal of Approval is available to a full spectrum of professionals and products in the medicinal cannabis field. The following descriptions outline various Categories and summarize core competencies that are found in evaluation criteria for each.

Note – UPG Membership required for all Seal of Approval applicants.

Products

  • Consumables
  • Business License
  • Tested
  • Processing – Commercial Kitchen? Gluten Free compliant?
  • Consistency – Patient and Staff reviews?
  • Extraction Methods
  • Formulations, Dosing, Potencies
  • Labeling – Font Size and Color – Warnings (Pregnant, Breast Feeding, Allergies, Children, etc…)
  • If a product is too small to accommodate all nutritional facts, an insert with contents, nutritional facts, formulation, dosing and warnings should be added to the selling of this product.
  • Child Proof Packaging
  • Expiration Dates
  • Storage suggestions
  • Regulation Compliant (Regulations per state)

Devices

  • Business License
  • Instructions – Clear and Legible
  • Safety of Materials
  • Usage reviews – Durable? Assembly? How efficient is the device?
  • Manufacturing

Healthcare Professionals

  • Documented graduation/degree(s) from accredited educational institution(s), as well as suitable current licensure for the healthcare services offered
  • Desire to gain knowledge and provide patient services in medical cannabis care
  • Evidence of acceptable continuing education in medical cannabis care
  • Routinely considers cannabinoid approaches to augment treatment plans when providing patient care and/or offering medicinal guidance to individuals and families, when indicated.

Dispensaries

  • Business License
  • Educated staff
  • Safe Access to building
  • Cleanliness
  • Extra care for new patients – tour, overview etc…
  • Only Lab tested products
  • Giving Back Campaign – Vets, low income and seniors
  • Range of products – including medical – Oils, Tinctures, Topical, Sprays, Suppositories.
  • On-site consumption

Publishing, Media, and Technology

  • Informational value for the purpose of salubrious promotion of the industry, whether commercial or public
  • Proven factual and unbiased
  • Non-commercial, unless specified
  • Secure Internet Practices

Foundations & Non-Profits

  • Business Documentation
  • Mission dedicated to social impact and public good
  • Conducting operations in good non-profit
  • Maintaining official non-profit regulatory status
  • Giving Back

Banking, Finance and Insurance

  • Proper Documentation
  • Compliance with banking regulation
  • Secure Confidentiality
  • Fair and Competitive rates and fees
  • Customer focus with respectable practices

Laboratories

  • Proper and updated documentation
  • Processing – Cannabinoids – Pesticides – Residuals – Terpenes – Metals
  • Pricing
  • Turn around
  • Many Labs will report higher reads for preferred clients. We need to come up with a way to combat this.
  • Many Labs used outdated results.
  • The above bullet folds into consistency.
  • Equipment
  • Cleanliness

Growers

  • Lab test all product – No pests, molds/mildew, metals, chemicals/pesticides
  • Objective-based potency
  • Regulation compliant
  • Non-toxic pesticides
  • Cleanliness
  • Equipment
Apply for UPG Seal of Approval

If you would like to be considered for our Seal of Approval or would like to submit a product or organization, please click the button below to start the approval process. Please read our overview of the program and faq’s before starting. After reviewing, if you have questions, please contact our client services team.

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United Patients Group is not a governmental agency. The United Patients Group Seal of Approval (UPG Seal of Approval), once awarded by United Patients Group is not a guarantee of safety in all cases. The seal does not guarantee that medicinal cannabis is meant to cure a disease or successfully treat a health condition.