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ASTM D8452-22

Standard Guide for Requirements for Medical-related Professionals within the Cannabis and Hemp Industries

Standard Guide for Requirements for Medical-related Professionals within the Cannabis and Hemp Industries D8452-22 ASTM|D8452-22|en-US Standard Guide for Requirements for Medical-related Professionals within the Cannabis and Hemp Industries Standard new BOS Vol. 15.10 Committee D37
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Significance and Use

5.1 As patient use of cannabis and hemp for medical purposes increases and medical professionals are increasingly called upon to provide medical advice, the following requirements and expectations within the medical profession are increasingly significant, requiring:

5.1.1 Availability by patients to qualified medical professionals who can provide safe and objective advice on the medical use of cannabis and hemp,

5.1.2 Clarity by medical professionals on the legal restrictions in their area of jurisdiction to ensure compliance, and

5.1.3 Development of qualified training and certificate programs to ensure safe and quality healthcare for patients.

5.2 The primary objectives of this guide are as follows:

5.2.1 Provide a general overview of the BoK required for the professions listed in Section 7; and

5.2.2 Provide recommendations to form the foundation for training and subsequent recognition/certificate systems that enable consumers, employers, organizational management, government agencies, and others who rely upon medical professionals to distinguish between qualified and non-qualified workers.

5.2.3 Recommend requirements that agencies can use to develop and document the specific criteria used for training or certificate programs.

5.3 Users of this guide shall document deviations from the recommended requirements to inform their clients of the criteria applied in either the training or the certificate programs offered. As the cannabis and hemp industries and medical guidelines mature, this guide will be updated to reflect current thinking and requirements.

5.4 The Bok elements are applicable to certificate programs, while the BoK, experiential and educational elements are applicable to certification process requirements.


1.1 This guide can provide certification bodies, training providers, employers, and certificate issuers, with best-practice guidance for administering their respective programs for medical-related professions within the cannabis and hemp industries.

1.2 This guide recommends requirements for experience, training, education, and the body of knowledge (BoK) necessary for medical-related professions within the cannabis and hemp industries listed in Table 1.

1.3 For purposes of this guide, a medical professional is defined as a person qualified and licensed as required by the jurisdiction to provide guidance or recommendations regarding a person's health or fitness.

1.4 This guide provides recommendations for articulating professional requirements for training and education or earning certificates. It is part of a series of guides denoting certification requirements for professions within the cannabis and hemp industries (Guides D8346, D8347, D8348), and supporting Practice D8403 for associated certificate programs.

1.5 This guide's content does not supersede requirements for training or earning a certificate defined by jurisdictional entities such as government or other regional regulatory bodies.

1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 15.10
Developed by Subcommittee: D37.06
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.1520/D8452-22
ICS Code: 03.100.30; 11.120.99; 65.020.20