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    • Continued review of information and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other governmental bodies.
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    • Watching the expanding trajectory of the coronavirus.

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    D37 Cannabis

    Title: 2nd Global Workshop on Advancing the Field of Cannabis through Standardization

    Dates: Wednesday October 20 2021 - Friday October 22 2021

    Location: Virtual; ,

    About The Event

    Registration Information

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Standards Development Meetings


    About the Event

    The 2nd Global Workshop on Advancing the Field of Cannabis through Standardization will be held Wednesday - Friday, October 20-22, 2021. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D37 on Cannabis, this workshop will be held VIRTUALLY utilizing a conference platform.

    Objective and Scope

    As we emerge from a global state of prohibition, the need for harmonized international standards that assure the quality and safety of cannabis becomes even more urgent. The lack of standards has led to unreliable testing data and a consumer base that is left responsible for ensuring the products they are purchasing are safe. ASTM International’s Technical Committee D37 on Cannabis has been hard at work creating market relevant standards for the global cannabis industry to address these quality and safety issues. It is also important to:

    • Increase participation in the standards development effort from international stakeholders,
    • Support the needs of diverse professionals that interface with cannabis standardization and safety harmonization
    • Explore the unique needs of the member regions, and
    • Update the global community on the latest technological innovations that will aid in compliance, setting standards, and consumer/patient protection.

    The goal of Committee D37 is to establish standards for cannabis, including products and processes, through the development of terminology, classifications, specifications, test methods, practices, and guides for cultivation, manufacturing, quality assurance, laboratory considerations, packaging, security, and other market relevant issues.

    Presenters are encouraged to provide a report on topic driven aspects of their market and what has changed over the years leading up to the 2nd Global Workshop. Presentations should cover the current status of cannabis/hemp in your region, any efforts being carried out to end prohibition, any efforts being taken to ensure equity in application of standards, and/or clearly describe the challenges your market faces where standardization could help.

    The guiding principle is to focus on the consumer and environmental protection, consumer safety, and market stabilization methods that are needed to provide both consumers and regulators with the assurances they need to know that the cannabis products that are on the marketplace are safe to consume and do not pose a risk to human health or the environment. Speakers should use this session to identify the standards they believe are critical and the resources needed to create the testing protocols for the cannabis industry.

    The workshop intends to provide cannabis industry stakeholders with the knowledge they need to be effective participants in the international community. Presentations will be concluded by question and answer sessions intended to keep the audience engaged.

    Abstract Submittal
    If interested in presenting, please submit a 250-word abstract pertaining to one or more of the topics, stating the objective of your talk as it aligns with your chosen session topic(s) along with a list of at least three things you want the audience to take away from your presentation using the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/astmd37workshop no later than June 30, 2021. Based on the number of abstract submissions received, a formal outline for the workshop will be created to encourage participation from speakers of all technical levels.

    To receive future emails about this event, please click on the abstract submission link and skip the submission questions.

    For a printable flyer, click D37 Global Workshop Flyer.

    Registration Information

    Registration information will be posted at a later date.


    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the workshop is available from:

    Workshop Chair:
    Scheril Murray Powell, Esq.
    Email: smpesquire@outlook.com
    Phone: +1-561-929-4678

    ASTM Staff Manger:
    Robert Morgan
    Email: rmorgan@astm.org
    Phone: +1-610-832-9732


    Standards Development Meetings

    Committee D37 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information about the committee and its meetings, please visit the Committee D37 homepage. You may also contact ASTM Staff Manager, Robert Morgan at rmorgan@astm.org or phone: +1-610-832-9732.


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