Rome workshop will look at cannabis industry standards

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ASTM International will hold a workshop Feb. 18-19 in Rome under its technical committee D37 on Cannabis, which is working to develop standards for cannabis products and processes.

The group aims to meet the needs of the legal cannabis industry by addressing quality and safety through the development of classifications, specifications, test methods, practices, and guides for cultivation, manufacturing, quality assurance, laboratory considerations, packaging, and security.

ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards developing organizations in the world. The not-for-profit group provides a forum for the development and publication of international voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems and services. ASTM’s volunteer members represent producers, consumers, government, and academia from more than 140 countries who develop technical documents that are the basis for manufacturing, management, procurement, codes and regulations for dozens of industry sectors.

Advancement through standardization

The objective of D37’s Workshop on Advancing the Field of Cannabis/hemp through Standardization, to be held at the Rome Marriot Park Hotel, will explore creation of new industry standards. International liaisons responsible for updating the D37 on developments in their regions will also be appointed during the workshop.

Topics for the workshop include regional updates from cannabis industry stakeholders; a presentation entitled “Fit for Purpose” Classifications of the Cannabis Plant – A Foundation to Work From; and a session on personnel training addressing safety and compliance.

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