Shaping the Future of Cannabis

As members of the ASTM International Cannabis Standards Committee, D37, we are focused on creating technical standards and guidance materials for cannabis and its products and processes.  The committee plans to focus on the development of standards in six (6) technical areas:

  • Indoor and outdoor horticulture and agriculture
  • Quality Management Systems (QMS)
  • Laboratory
  • Processing and Handling
  • Security and Transportation
  • Personnel training, assessment, and credentialing

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The Benefit of Quality in the Cannabis Industry [repost]

We’ve all seen headlines or heard rumors about products being seized or returned because of pesticide and mold contamination or other issues. When issues like this arise, they cost the producer money. The cost is not only in the form of regulatory fines and lost product. It also extends to the reputation of the brand. Products that gain attention for being contaminated or of poor quality result in decreased sales from thrifty consumers moving to an alternative brand they know they can trust.

Quality has increasingly become a strong focus for public health officials, regulators and companies operating in the cannabis industry. Quality control requirements, such as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), ensure products are consistently produced through controlled processes according to quality standards. GMP is designed to minimize risks throughout the process before testing.

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Wisconsin-A Pioneer in Cannabis Legalization [repost]

What is AB 482?

Assembly Bill (AB) 482 was introduced on August 24, 2017, by Wisconsin State Representative Melissa Sargent and 14 of her colleagues, and co-sponsored by three (3) state senators. AB 482 aims to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adult use in Wisconsin. The bill also outlines a program for patients seeking to alleviate symptoms or effects of debilitating medical conditions.  Wisconsin would find its place in history by becoming the first state to legalize both recreational use and medical use simultaneously.  AB 482 would legalize marijuana under a tax-and-regulate system similar to alcohol.  This would be another first for Wisconsin.  The other 29 states and the District of Columbia with legal cannabis programs accomplished legalization through favorable support at the ballot box.

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The Need for Laboratory Compliance in a Non-Regulated Industry [repost]

What is the role of the Quality Control Laboratory?

The Quality Control (QC) laboratory serves as one of the most critical functions in pharmaceutical manufacturing and control.  The Code of Federal Regulations, 21 CFR 211, Subpart I-Laboratory Controls, outlines the requirements and expectations for the quality control laboratory and drug product testing.

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What We Do

Our objective is to offer compliance, training, validation, and remediation services to testing laboratories, cultivation facilities, and manufacturing facilities within the pharmaceutical, medical device, and cannabis industries.

We pride ourselves on wide-ranging abilities and a commitment to quality that earns credibility with our clients.