This article was originally published on WeedWeek, and appears here with permission.
An organization that develops standards for a wide range of industries has teamed with a cannabis trade association and others to launch a certification program they hope will set uniform standards across America’s hemp and cannabis markets.
ASTM International announced Thursday that it has partnered with the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) and the Policy Center for Public Health and Safety to establish a pilot program to certify quality systems and facilities for cannabis and hemp producers. The certifications provided by the program, already underway, could also be used as vetting tools by financial institutions that serve the cannabis industry, organizers say.
The program is managed by ASTM International’s Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) in partnership with The GMP Collective, a consulting firm. Program leaders have drawn from a list of already approved standards developed by an ASTM International cannabis committee, and they will look to incorporate other established best practices specific to cannabis manufacturing and …