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ASTM to Host Cannabis Standards Meeting

New standards in this area could address the full life cycle of cannabis, including consumable cannabis products.

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On Feb. 28, 2017, ASTM International will host an organizational meeting to potentially create a new technical committee that develops voluntary consensus standards for cannabis.

The no-fee meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. EST at ASTM International’s global headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa., USA.

Industry stakeholders and others interested in charting a path towards voluntary consensus standards related to cannabis are welcome to attend.

Consensus standards from organizations like ASTM International are known to enhance safety and efficiency in a wide variety of industries.

New standards in this area could address the full life cycle of cannabis, including consumable cannabis products.

Potential areas for initial standards work include:

  • Cultivation
  • Sampling
  • Testing
  • Quality management systems
  • Processing
  • Handling
  • Labeling

This could include but is not limited to medical applications.

The work of the committee would be coordinated with other ASTM International committees and other interested organizations.

The objectives of the meeting are to:

  • Bring an array of industry experts together;
  • Identify specific standards needs;
  • Determine if ASTM International should formally launch a new activity; and, if so,
  • Develop and approve title, scope, and structure of a new technical committee.

The meeting will include: an overview of ASTM International, background on industry and government interest in standards development, and a review of initial areas to be considered.

To register, visit, or contact the director of business development, Christine DeJong, at [email protected].

With nearly 150 committees and more than 12,000 standards in its portfolio, ASTM International is one of the world’s largest developers of globally recognized standards and related products and services. It provides a management system to develop standards for materials, products, systems, and services across many industries. 

ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for developing international standards, and ASTM standards are used globally in research and development, product testing, quality systems, commercial transactions, and more.

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