Initially, the new committee plans to focus on standards development in six technical areas (which will be subcommittees):
- indoor and outdoor horticulture and agriculture,
- quality management systems,
- processing and handling,
- security and transportation, and
- personnel training, assessment, and credentialing.
Dr. Ralph Paroli, immediate past chairman of the board and director of RD in measurement science and standards at the National Research Council of Canada, said, “With its decades of experience in industries such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, packaging, agriculture, pesticides, and more, ASTM International is the perfect place for standards development for the cannabis industry.” Paroli was voted to serve as the committee’s first chairman.
The board of directors will receive a recommendation to approve this committee and, if approved, the committee plans to host its first official meeting in the coming months.
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