Membership Guidelines

General Qualifications and Rules

 

KTA cGMP Membership Requirements

As part of this commitment, KTA member companies that manufacture, package, label, hold/store, or distribute raw kratom ingredients or finished kratom products are required to adopt cGMPs and demonstrate cGMP certification or tangible progress toward obtaining certification from a third party quality standards certification entity on a periodic basis.

For companies interested in joining KTA and committed to cGMP compliance, but which have not yet begun the process, KTA can provide assistance with identifying an auditor, as discussed further below.

For more detail on auditing assistance and other KTA membership resources contact member support at info@kratomtrade.org

KTA Guidelines: Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) Standards

KTA’s guidelines adhere closely to FDA regulatory dietary supplement cGMP standards and are applicable to companies that manufacture, package, label, hold/store, or distribute raw kratom ingredients or kratom products.

The entire set of FDA standards is found at 21 C.F.R. Part 111, which are meant to be tailored by each regulated entity to its own particular functions.  For example, if an entity only distributes kratom products (e.g., receives packaged and labeled product from another entity, warehouses that inventory while sales are in process and then ships to the customer without any processing or re-packaging), then only distribution and holding requirements likely will apply to its facility. Each company’s quality system should be appropriately scaled to cover the activities it actually performs.

Many of the responsibilities may be outsourced to third parties or conducted with assistance from a third party, e.g., labs that conduct testing for pathogens, establishment of specifications for your product.  However, you ultimately are responsible for ensuring your own compliance, so we recommend conducting appropriate due diligence when selecting any contracting parties. KTA resources may be useful to members in this regard.

Membership Guidelines

  1. All members are companies and must have valid business status in their state or province.
  2. If a company has multiple locations, each location must become a separate member to receive benefits, however discounts may be given for multiple locations describe below.
  3. Each member must designate a primary company representative to receive official notices and partake in association business.
  4. All members will agree to act according to the Kratom Trade Association code of ethics.  Monitoring, enforcement, assessment methods, and consequences are described in the code of ethics documents.
  5. If a member active status which lapses more than 60 days without renewal or appropriate dues payment, then the member will be suspended.  Reactivation of member benefits will require all applicable dues to be paid.
  6. Disputes arising from eligibility for membership will be determined by the Board of Directors.

Membership Types

Governing Member

Qualifications

  1. Companies must be active in the distribution, trade, or retail of kratom in North America
  2. Governing members must be approved by the Board of Directors. New Governing Members may be accepted but acceptance does not guarantee a position on the board of directors.
  3. The member company designated representative must be approved by the board members to be eligible to serve on the board of directors
  4. A Statement of Purpose for being a Governing Member may be required to serve as a board member.  If required, this statement will be addressed to the KTA Board of Directors and include a declaration of intent to serve in this position.

Rights and Benefits

  1. Governing Members have all the rights of Trade Members but may also serve as a board member and hold officer positions
  2. Governing Members will receive certain promotional rights which may include, but not limited to, enhanced directory listings, logos on materials and website, press release recognition, and use of certain KTA logos
  3. Governing Members may receive certain advanced notification of legislative or public affairs issues
  4. Governing Members may be allowed to participate in certain association surveys of members reserved to this class of member

Dues

  1. The Dues for Governing Members is $5,000/month

Trade Member

Qualifications

  1. Companies must be active in the distribution, trade, or retail of kratom in North America

Rights and Benefits

  1. Trade Members have all the rights of Retail Members but may also serve on committees
  2. Trade Members may be eligible for certain enhanced directory listings
  3. Trade Members may be eligible to receive certain types of publications or access to resources designated as Trade Member Only benefits
  4. Receive rights to use of specific KTA logos

Dues

  1. The Dues for Governing Members is $1,000/month
  2. Trade Members are eligible for the same discounts as Retail Members

Retail Member

Qualifications

  1. Companies must be active in the retail of kratom in North America.
  2. A company that provides both retail and distribution services must apply to be a trade member

Rights and Benefits

  1. Receive certain member communication, such as newsletters, and access to most KTA resources
  2. Receive a listing in the KTA directory
  3. Receive notice of changes to bylaws or approved position statements by the board of directors

Dues

  1. Dues for Retail Members is $250/month

General Membership Policies

  1. All members must agree to abide by the KTA Code of Ethics which will be published on the KTA website.
  2. Members will receive notice of intent to modify the Code of Ethics and may petition the Board of Directors, or their designated secretary, on any items related to the Code of Ethics
  3. Current Members will be given 60-days to comply with the Code of Ethics if changes are made.
  4. The Board of Directors may employ a standardized or randomized method for ensuring compliance with the Code of Ethics.  Such methods will be listed in the Code of Ethics documents.
  5.  Members may not speak as official representatives of the KTA unless directed and authorized by the Board of Directors.
  6. All member information will be kept secure except for such information the member chooses to include in the public directory.  Information will be used to contact members, solicit input, provide updates on KTA activities, and other KTA business as needed.  Attendee information for events may be given to event sponsors but a private-only option will be provided to the attendee.