October 17, 2019

Following the successful development of three Standard Method Performance Requirements (SMPRs) addressing analytical needs around cannabinoids in plant materials, residual solvents in dried cannabis materials, and Aspergillus in cannabis and cannabis products, the Cannabis Analytical Science Program (CASP) is poised to take its next steps.

The CASP Advisory Panel met on October 10, 2019 to review progress and to map out work for 2020. The new priorities for the three working groups are:

  • Mycotoxins in plant materials was added to the Chemical Contaminants working group
  • The Cannabinoids in Consumables working group will include work on determination of dry weight and determination of cannabinoids in personal care products
  • Listeria was removed and E. coli added to the list of priorities for the Microbiological working group

The Advisory Panel also agreed with a proposal to add a working group for education and training.  Scott Coates, CASP Program Manager, announced a proposal to develop training course modules specific for CASP SMPRs, to be added to the 2020 AOAC INTERNATIONAL Midyear Meeting training course on method validation.