A panel of individuals from standards-setting organizations and accreditation bodies reviewed the role they each play within the cannabis sector and offered insights into the future of the industry to close out the analytical science track at Cannabis Science Conference Fall on Friday, September 22nd.
The panel titled “Standards and Accreditation – The Way We Move Forward?” was co-moderated by Patricia Atkins,Spex, an Antylia company and Evan Friedmann, Scientific Cell Company and featured panelists:
As pioneers for establishing scientific standards and leaders who inspire confidence in quality services, the organizations represented by these panelists work collaboratively to ensure the safety and integrity of hemp and cannabis. The discussion-based panel defined the coordination between laboratories, accreditation bodies, and standards organizations, described how the cannabis space can be improved, discussed the use of standardization and accreditation in “good science,” and answered questions from audience members about the needs of cannabis laboratories to move the industry forward.
In one intriguing question posed by the moderators, the panel contemplated the future of cannabis legalization, particularly in terms of testing, regulations, and laboratory practices. They discussed various aspects, including:
In summary, the panel foresees a future where cannabis legalization, if it were to happen, would necessitate collaboration, research-driven regulation, and greater consistency in testing methods and standards across the industry. They hope for a more coherent and scientifically informed approach to cannabis regulation and testing in the future.
The 60-minute discussion covered a wide array of topics as well as audience-driven questions. The Cannabis Science Conference organizers plan to revisit these topics with additional panel discussions and presentations at Cannabis Science Conference Spring, taking place May 7-9th in Kansas City, Missouri. Stay tuned to CannabisScienceConference.com for updates.
For more with some of our panelists, please check out our live interview with Allison Baker: https://www.cannabissciencetech.com/view/cannabis-conference-coverage-allison-baker-discusses-accreditation-bodies-and-standards-organizations