ASTM Moves to Harmonize Cannabis Industry Lab Testing Standards

ASTM International Proposes Standard for Laboratories Working With Cannabis

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., June 25, 2018 – ASTM International’s cannabis committee (D37) is developing a proposed standard that will provide recommendations for laboratories involved in the industry.

According to members, the standard (WK63913) will outline best lab practices, recommended certifications, various types of analyses, and the quality assurance functions for labs working with cannabis. Cary Black, consultant for Orion GMP, added that the standard will address issues that may be unique to such labs, including personnel, security, sample handling and disposal, and data management and reporting.

“Whether it be the determination of purity, levels of pesticides or terpenes, or other analytes, consistent procedures across the industry are required,” says Black.

Laboratories analyzing products from the cannabis industry will find the standard useful as it aims to represent best practices across the industry with strategies that are consistent with various regulatory agencies and governing bodies.

For more information on the cannabis committee, please watch this video.

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