Extraction facilities should look to amass as many certifications as possible. Here are some sources for extraction facility certifications:
As botanical extraction continues to solidify its spot in the sphere of mainstream retail, extractors and extraction facilities are expected to obtain certifications just like other established consumer markets.
Upper echelon certification programs go beyond simply printing your name on a nice piece of paper. Instead, legitimate certifications ensure that you and your team possess a high level of skill and knowledge in extraction. Not only that, certifications demonstrate that you are committed to adhering to good consumer practices and safety protocols.
When talking about the world of botanical extraction, there are two categories of certifications: one is for extractors and the other is for the labs and equipment used for extraction. In this blog, we’ll cover all of the certifications you should seek out as you kick your extraction facility into high gear.
Technically speaking, there are no state or federal certifications mandated for individual extractors. People who work in extraction labs on various tasks don’t require individual certifications like a heavy-duty piece of equipment might (more on that later). Instead, extraction employers often require team members to have certain college degrees or complete extraction certification training courses.
These courses help build a strong foundational understanding of a variety of areas in the field, including plant material, biomass, distillate isolate, industrial solvents, ethanol extracts, common extraction methods, the botanical marketplace, safety standards, and the legal nuances of the extraction industry.
Here are some of the institutions offering certificates and training for those seeking to advance their knowledge base of botanical hydrocarbon extraction and all related processes:
The above programs offer courses that can give you a leg up in the pursuit of careers related to botanical extraction. With certificates in extraction, you can earn degrees in science, chemistry, phytobiology, physics, or chemical engineering, along with expertise in working in a lab-grade setting.
This opens doors for prospective employees in positions such as:
Now, let’s talk about all the various certifications that are required for extraction labs and extraction equipment.
Adhering to industry certifications is one of our 10 signifiers of professionalism in botanical extraction. This action puts you into the top tier of professional extractors, as it leaves little doubt that you not only take this industry seriously, but you also care deeply about worker safety, consumer concerns, and the quality of the products you are putting out into the world.
Here are the most common extraction equipment and extraction lab certifications you should strive to achieve for your facility.
ISO 9001 stands for International Standard for Organization and it provides requirements for an organization’s quality management system (QMS). There are many different levels of ISO certification, but ISO 9001 is among the best-known standards. When an extraction facility has an ISO 9001 certification, it means the organization and its products and services meet quality standards.
Intertek is a company that provides certifications for manufacturers to ensure the quality and safety of products, processes, and systems. For plant oil extraction equipment, an Intertek certification establishes that any and all machinery is in strict accordance with the National Electrical Code in the U.S. and the Canadian Electrical Code in Canada, along with multiple other requirements. This includes fluid storage and transfer.
UL Certified to ANSI/CAN/UL/ULC 1389
ANSI/CAN/UL/ULC 1389, by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), is the recently published standard for safety in plant oil extraction equipment. It covers equipment for installation and use in both hazardous locations and non-hazardous (ordinary) locations. UL is one of the world’s oldest safety certification companies, recently making a foray into plant oil equipment such as extractors, extraction booths, post-processing equipment, and more.
UL Listed Components
UL Listed refers to stand-alone products with a specific function, tested against UL’s published and nationally-recognized standards for safety for a specific category of equipment. A UL Listed Components certification validates that product and equipment components meet durability expectations and compliance requirements.
Mainly required by countries across Europe, a CE marking demonstrates that a product has met EU health, safety, and environmental requirements that all guarantee consumer safety. These are the countries that require a CE marking:
PSI (Pressure Safety Inspectors)
Pressure Safety Inspectors (PSI) provides field verification, engineering peer reviews, and consulting services to the extraction industry. Peer reviews by a certified professional engineer—such as those at PSI—are a requirement of all primary extraction equipment.
ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
A certification from ASME, which was developed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, regulates the design, manufacture, installation, and inspection of pressure vessels. It is the universally accepted set of safety standards for such equipment. The ASME safety standards include:
C1D1 (Class 1 Division 1) & C1D2 (Class 1 Division 2)
C1D1 and C1D2 are the labels given to any laboratory setting that’s considered a hazardous area due to the risk of fire or injury. This hazard exists because of the use of flammable gas, liquids, or vapors. C1D1/C1D2 compliance refers to the safety standards for these areas as designated by the National Fire Protection Association’s Publication 70 and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
cGMP & GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)
Enforced by the Food and Drug Administration, Good Manufacturing Practices is the main regulatory standard for ensuring pharmaceutical quality. These standards also apply to botanical extraction products and assure the proper design, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes and facilities. The “c” in cGMP simply stands for “current,” and is an important notation in your certification, as standards are in a constant state of flux and you are required to stay current on all requirements.
CRN (Canadian Registered Number)
A Canadian Registration Number (CRN) is a number issued by each province or territory of Canada to the design of a pressure vessel or fitting. The CRN identifies the design has been accepted and registered for use in that province or territory.
CSA (Canadian Standards Association)
CSA Group (formerly the Canadian Standards Association; CSA) is a standards organization that publishes standards and provides training and advisory services. When a product has a CSA registered mark, it shows that there has been rigorous testing and certification in order for the product to meet standards for safety and/or performance. A CSA mark is recognized and accredited in the U.S. by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory)
An OSHA program, the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) enables private sector organizations to perform certification for certain products to ensure that they meet the requirements of both the construction and general industry OSHA electrical standards. Each NRTL has a scope of test standards that they are recognized for, and each NRTL uses its own unique registered certification markings to designate a product as safe. For example CSA Group is recognized as an NRTL by OSHA.
MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing)
Generally considered the standard when it comes to construction certifications, MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) inspects, tests, and certifies all systems of a building’s infrastructure. MEP certification begins at the initial construction process and continues through regular inspections, all to ensure the building operates safely and efficiently.
State Government Certification
State laws on botanical extraction are notoriously murky. For state standards, you must follow the requirements that your local government has deemed mandatory. Some states regulate botanical extraction products through their health department, while others pass it off to their local department of agriculture. In Colorado, for example, the state certification of botanical extraction testing facilities falls onto the Department of Public Health & Environment.
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