Discover AOAC INTERNATIONAL’s Cannabis Analytical Science Program

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Wednesday June 15th, 2022 11 am EDT | 8 am PDT | 3 pm GMT | 5 pm CET Tune in to this joint webcast with AOAC INTERNATIONAL, which will provide an overview of AOAC’s Cannabis Analytical Science Program (CASP), on the forefront of standards and methods for the analysis of cannabis and hemp. Learn what CASP has accomplished over the last few years and how you can get involved in this growing program.

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Event Overview:

Cannabis is a complex matrix to analyze, leading many laboratories across the country wondering how to handle the samples that are coming in. Without federal oversight, there are no standards or methods for everyone to follow. To help solve this problem, AOAC INTERNATIONAL created the Cannabis Analytical Science Program (CASP), a forum where the science of hemp and cannabis analysis can be discussed, and cannabis standards and methods can be developed. CASP’s working groups develop guidance related to microbiological contaminants, consumer products, training and education, and proficiency testing for cannabis and hemp. In this webcast, attendees will gain insight into:

  • CASP program objectives
  • CASP standards and methods
  • Upcoming CASP projects and need for stakeholder support

Key Learning Objectives:

Attendees can expect to learn:

  • The background and development of CASP within AOAC
  • Examples of CASP-developed standards and methods
  • How to get involved with CASP and AOAC

Who Should Attend:

Cannabis regulators, cultivators, and laboratories interested in learning about the validation of microbiology methods and the status of validated methods for the cannabis industry


Scott Coates
CASP Program Lead and Senior Director

Scott Coates is the Program Lead for AOAC’s Cannabis Analytical Science Program (CASP), leading the CASP team to implement the standards and methods priorities determined by the CASP Advisory Panel. Scott facilitates the work of CASP working groups who produce the standards known as Standard Method Performance Requirements (SMPRs).

Scott was appointed as the Senior Director of the AOAC Research Institute in July 2018. He is responsible for daily management of and business development for the AOAC Research Institute. Scott served as AOAC’s Chief Science Officer from 2009 until June 2018. In this capacity, he served as the technical lead for many AOAC projects. Scott led the writing and development of Appendix F in the Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC INTERNATIONAL that describes validation requirements and the development of Standard Method Performance Requirements. Before joining AOAC, he worked for 10 years as the Operations Manager for an in-vitro diagnostic manufacturer making medical test kits such as Strep tests and specialized bacterial culture media. Scott holds a B.S. in Microbiology (1978) and a M.S. in Biotechnology Management (1994) from the University of Maryland.

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