Internal Regulations


1. Product information & marketing
The association will collect up-to-date information on products and labelling. This information is available to members. The members undertake to provide correct product information to their customers in accordance with the applicable Commodities Act regulations.
Outdoor advertising must comply with the locally applicable municipal regulations. There is no association with products that fall under the Opium Act or the Medicines Act.

2. Approval of substances and products
The selection of substances and products that the members believe can be sold in a safe and responsible manner will be based on several criteria:
* Legality (opium act, medicines act, novel food regulation, cosmetics regulation, etc);
* Knowledge about the substances/products based on experience and literature review;
* Possibility of transmitting good instructions for use and instructions;
* Determination of the maximum permitted quantity of active ingredient per product and the quantity per packaging.

New products that come onto the market and existing products about which there are controversies can be tested by an independent institute on behalf of the CAN:
- unacceptable health risks
- conformity between product and product information
Based on the results of these tests, the board issues guidelines to the members.

3. Training
The association will regularly organise training and/or courses for all those involved in the production and trade of these products in order to update and maintain product knowledge and information.

4. Quality mark
Membership of the association gives members the right to use the association's quality mark, and to display this on their faces. In anticipation of the official quality mark, a logo shall be issued to the members, showing that they are members of the Association. The purpose of the final quality mark is to strive for recognition of the quality mark by the government in order to offer policy makers concerning these products an alternative to prohibition.

5. Members list
The membership records are kept on the secretariat. Members report changes to the secretariat as soon as possible. The list of members can be made public via the website of the association.

6. Disputes
In the event of disputes concerning the application or interpretation of the statutes and/or internal regulations or disputes between the Board and the members or otherwise, the General Assembly may appoint a disputes committee consisting of a chairman and two members, at least one of whom must be a member of the board. This committee can also advise the general meeting in cases where the articles of association or a regulation grants a right of appeal to the general meeting.

7. Expulsion
Expulsion will be communicated to the member in question by letter after approval of the General Assembly. Expulsion can only be pronounced when a member violates the statutes, regulations or decisions of the association, or unreasonably prejudices the association.

8. Website
The association maintains a website to provide information to the public. A closed section has been built into the website for communication within the association.

9. Newsletter
CAN periodically publishes a Newsletter to keep members and interested parties informed of developments in the sector. The newsletter is sent by e-mail and published on the website.

10. Changes and announcements
If there is reason to do so, these Internal Regulations will be placed on the agenda of the General Assembly for amendment/addition.