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ASTM D8244-20

Standard Guide for Analytical Laboratory Operations Supporting the Cannabis Industry

1.1 This guide provides recommendations for a laboratory licensed or otherwise designated to provide analytical support within the cannabis industry. Within the scope of this guide, the term cannabis is inclusive of hemp plants and derived products. This guide presents best laboratory practices, recommended certifications, recommended types of analyses typically required in the cannabis industry, and recommended quality functions associated with laboratories supporting the cannabis industry.

1.2 These recommendations establish a basis for oversight for the analytical testing of cannabis products. Developed as a complement to existing good laboratory practices (GLP) and supporting conformance to current good manufacturing practices (GMP), these recommendations focus on the personnel, security, sample handling and disposal, quality support, data management, and reporting activities.

1.3 This guide generally describes the properties of cannabis and cannabis-derived products to be analyzed and recommends the types of testing required.

1.4 No recommendations found within this guide shall preclude observance of federal, state, or local regulations, which may be more restrictive or have different requirements.

1.5 This guide provides guidelines for compliance with good laboratory practices (GLP) and good manufacturing practices (GMP) quality applications.

1.6 This guide applies to all cannabis-containing products commercially manufactured and distributed for consumer use.

1.7 Units—The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

1.8 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.9 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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