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The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) and ASTM International Sign MOU on Cannabis Standards


Today, global standards organization ASTM International and the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) announced a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on standards for the cannabis industry. 

Under the agreement, ASTM International’s cannabis committee (D37) will coordinate standards development activities for global cannabis and hemp industries, while CHTA will participate in the process and provide technical expertise. In particular, CHTA will share insight into previously developed food standards and will contribute to the subcommittee on industrial hemp.  

“We are excited to partner with ASTM International to continue developing standards for the emerging industrial hemp industry,” according to Ted Haney, executive director of CHTA. “The shared technical experience of CHTA and ASTM International’s members will help set a framework for many standards development activities to come.” 

“CHTA’s expertise in industrial hemp is well known,” said Ralph Paroli, Ph.D., the cannabis committee chair and the director of R&D in measurement science and standards at the National Research Council of Canada. “CHTA’s engagement in the committee will strengthen ASTM International’s renowned global standards, specifically in the development of standards for industrial hemp.” 

This announcement builds on last month’s news that ASTM International signed an MOU with the Europe-based International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI). 

ASTM International has previously signed similar agreements with the Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (FOCUS), the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), and the American Trade Association of Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH).

Paroli and others are featured in a brief video about the committee

The next meeting will be Jan. 27-29 in Houston, Texas (USA) at the Hyatt Regency Houston. Anyone interested in participating can contact Bob Morgan (

About the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA)

The CHTA is a national organization that promotes Canadian hemp and hemp products globally. Established in 2003, the Alliance represents those involved in Canada’s hemp industry. Members include farmers, processors, manufacturers, researchers, entrepreneurs and marketers. The key functions of the Alliance are to disseminate information, promote the use of nutritional and industrial hemp, and coordinate research. 

About ASTM International

Committed to serving global societal needs, ASTM International positively impacts public health and safety, consumer confidence, and overall quality of life. We integrate consensus standards – developed with our international membership of volunteer technical experts – and innovative services to improve lives… Helping our world work better. 

Media Inquiries:

ASTM International: Dan Bergels, tel +1.610.832.9602; 

CHTA: Ted Haney, tel +1.403.819.1647; 

Release #10688

December 3, 2018

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