ASTM WK73703

    New Guide for Certification and Accreditation Programs within the Cannabis/Hemp Industries

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    Developed by Subcommittee: D37.06 | Committee D37 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides protocols to certificate issuers for developing and administering high-quality certification and accreditation programs for stakeholders within the cannabis/hemp industries for determining best practices for administering vocational or procedural certificate programs within the industries. 1.2 This guide includes requirements for both the entity issuing the certificate and requirements for the specific certificate programs issuing certificates. 1.3 This guide provides the foundation for recognizing or accrediting specific entities to issue certificates to individuals after completing a certificate program. 1.4 The Body of Knowledge (BoK) associated with cannabis/hemp industry professional vocational positions is documented within external vocationally specific programs and relevant ASTM International standards. 1.5 Units--The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard. 1.6 This standard does not purport to address all the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations before use.


    cannabis; certificate; certificate program; body of knowledge, vocational credentials, continuing education; accreditation; credentialing; education; learning; training


    As the cannabis industry continues to grow, it plays a significant larger role in the global economy. Because of the regulatory nature of the industry, the need for certified professionals within the industry becomes increasingly imperative. The current cannabis industry reflects a global environment in which best practices can be standardized through training and certifications for common vocational activities would benefit and help standardize the industry. To administrate the certifications, empowered bodies shall administer their respective accreditation/certification programs following the standards defined within this guide. This guide represents an attempt to standardize the certification process within the industry thereby assuring best practices and high-quality value relative to the certifications a certifying entity may provide.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    D37.06 (20-02)

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