Earlier this month, Committee D37 on Cannabis, a committee within ASTM International, released descriptions of their four new standards for cannabis testing and who they will benefit within the industry.
In a recent announcement by ASTM International, their cannabis committee, called ASTM Committee D37 on Cannabis, approved four new standards intended to benefit workers in the cannabis industry as well as regulators and consumers (1). Laboratories, producers, manufacturers, cultivators, extractors, and researchers are also expected to benefit from one or more of the standards as well.
The four new standards from Committee D37 are as follows (1):
As stated in their news posting (1), ASTM International is a not-for-profit nongovernmental organization that develops voluntary consensus standards. They reportedly defer to appropriate government authorities to determine the legal and regulatory framework regarding the control and use of cannabis (1).
According to the ASTM website (2), Committee D37 was formed in 2017 and focuses on developing voluntary consensus standards and supplementary programs on proficiency testing, training, and certification. Subcommittees focus on the development of test methods, practices and guides for cultivation, quality assurance, laboratory considerations, industrial hemp, devices, packaging, and security. The Committee has nine technical subcommittees to develop and maintain standards and has 900 members from 30 countries.