Work Item
ASTM WK64334

New Test Method for Multiresidue Analysis of Pesticides in Dried Cannabis and Hemp Raw materials using Gas Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS/MS)

1. Scope

This test method allows for the determination and concentration of pesticides in cannabis. The method includes a subset of GC amenable pesticides that are of the most concern or are most likely to be used on cannabis (Health Canada Pesticide Active Ingredients List and Limits). The method follows the generic sequence of solvent extraction, followed by dispersive solid-phase extraction cleanup and analysis of GC-MS/MS amenable pesticides by gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS). Spiking was performed at concentration levels over the range of 0.005 to 2 ppm in cannabis with the Health Canada limits of quantitation achieved for 17 pesticides.


Gas Chromatography/tandem Mass Spectrometry (GCMS/MS); Pesticide Determination; Cannabis; dispersive Solid Phase Extraction


It will be used in Labs supporting the Cannabis Industry

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


Developed by Subcommittee: D37.03

Committee: D37

Staff Manager: Jimmy Farrell

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 07-12-2018

Technical Contact: Garnet McRae

Item: 002

Ballot: D37.03 (18-03)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 001

Ballot: D37.03 (20-03)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 001

Ballot: D37 (23-07)

Status: Will Reballot Item