International standards organization to tackle cannabis

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Pennsylvania-based ASTM International, a not-for-profit that has developed professional standards for a host of industries, is now going to tackle marijuana in a newly announced partnership with the American Herbal Products Association.

The groups have signed a memo of understanding to cooperate on a set of professional standards for the cannabis industry, and about 80 members of ASTM’s new cannabis committee, D37, met Sunday and Monday in Toronto, according to an ASTM spokesman.

The herbal products group will play a supporting role while ASTM will take the lead on crafting actual standards, according to a news release.

“AHPA’s support for this new committee will help expedite international standards development, identify gaps, prevent duplicative efforts and more,” ASTM cannabis committee chairman Dr. Ralph Paroli said in the release.

The cannabis committee has “about 200 members, including businesses, laboratories, associations, governments and others,” according to the release.

ASTM officials set subcommittees to address cannabis industry standards in:

  • Indoor and outdoor horticulture and agriculture
  • Quality management systems
  • Laboratory
  • Processing and handling
  • Security and transportation
  • Personnel training, assessment, credentialing
  • Executive
  • Terminology