In the United States, grading standards for whole dry peas, split peas, feed peas, lentils, and chickpeas exist in order to maintain the standard of quality U.S. product is known for around the globe. The inspection of pulse crops is in accordance with the regulations under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946. This service is provided, upon request, by the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS).
US Grading Standards (PDF):
The US Pea & Lentil Trade Association (US PLTA), the membership organization representing the trade portion of the pulse industry, adopted Arbitration Rules (May 15, 1963) and Trade Rules (October 22, 1994) to govern and maintain a consistent business setting in all transactions within the pulse industry. Both sets of rules are reviewed annually at the fall trade convention where amendments are proposed and voted on.