MJBizMag April 2022 - 44

Calibrating Quality
Standard
Deviation
W
hile cannabis has enjoyed
greater social acceptance
in recent years, quality
control will be critical to sustaining
that growth and winning over the
institutions that have yet to embrace a
regulated marijuana industry.
" The challenge is, the way that the
cannabis industry has evolved, we're
doing this in real time, " said David
Vaillencourt, the CEO of GMP Collective,
a Colorado-based consulting firm, and
vice chair of the ASTM International
Committee D37 on Cannabis. ASTM
is one of a handful of accredited
organizations developing testing
standards for the cannabis industry.
Having consistent testing methods is
an important step for marijuana executives,
because it will help harmonize
standards that, so far, vary greatly from
state to state. Those inconsistencies
and the lack of defined testing methods
raise the risk of errors and product
recalls for businesses.
Standardized testing methods can
reduce those risks and give new and
existing labs proven and certified
procedures to refer to, sparing them
the time and cost of developing their
own methods.
" The big benefit of standard
methods is: If you're a new laboratory
opening up, and you need to make
measurements, there are methods that
have been fully evaluated that you can
44 April 2022 | MJBizMagazine
By Omar Sacirbey
Streamlining cannabis testing methodology could improve consumer
information-but industry must adhere to honest lab results
Samples are labeled and prepared to be
opened in a biosafety cabinet at a third-party
cannabis testing lab. Photo by Matt Staver
have confidence in, " said
Walter Brent Wilson, head
of the Cannabis Quality
Assurance Program at
the National Institute of
Standards and Technology
(NIST), a federal laboratory
operating under the
auspices of the U.S.
Department of Commerce.
" We have to be a part of
Several so-called
standards-development
organizations (SDOs)
that create and accredit
test methods for various
industries have been
lending their expertise
to cannabis. The
Susan
Audino
anything that is involved with sales,
commerce and transactions. "
HOW STANDARDS ARE SET
The good news is that the effort to
harmonize standards is well underway,
and some of the world's most respected
standards groups are involved.
different groups meet at
conferences, discuss their
findings and even have
memorandums of understanding that
they will work together to achieve a
common goal rather than compete
against one another, Vaillencourt said.
These organizations include ASTM
International, which was the first to
publish a cannabis test standard. That
standard was for water activity, said

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