FOCUS is pleased to share ASTM International’s recent announcement to further the development of internationally harmonized cannabis standards.
ASTM, founded in 1898 as the American Section of the International Association for Testing Materials, predates other standards organizations such as IEC (1906), ANSI (1918) and ISO (1947). ASTM International is a non-profit organization devoted to the development of international standards. For more than a century, ASTM has served as a leading venue for consumers, industry and regulators to work collaboratively under a balanced and consensus–based process to craft voluntary consensus standards.
With the April, 2017 approval from the ASTM Board of Directors, a shift of standards development efforts has been made from FOCUS to the ASTM International technical committee D37 on cannabis and its products and processes.
The committee will focus on six technical areas:
- Indoor and outdoor horticulture and agriculture
- Quality Management Systems
- Processing and handling
- Security and transportation
- Personnel training, assessment, and credentialing
All interested parties are encouraged to contribute. Prior experience developing standards is not required to participate. Previous experience in the cannabis industry is also not necessary.
The Standards Development Process is now complete. Thank you for your interest.