Consumption of cannabis products is legal or becoming legal in a growing number of US states and Canada. Consumable products include beverages, brownies, butter, chews, cookies, gummies, honey, edible oils, and more. CASP was formed to provide the consensus-driven standards and methods to promote accuracy in label potency claims and to address public safety issues such as pathogens and residual solvents.
With the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (commonly known as the ‘Farm Bill’), the hemp-derived CBD market is projected to reach $22 billion by 2022. CASP is developing analytical tools for accurate measurement of CBD in hemp plants and derived ingredients, in dietary supplements, and in pet foods.
AOAC working groups developing standards for analytical methodology:
AOAC INTERNATIONAL and Signature Science, LLC, have entered a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding under which Signature Science will produce hemp and cannabis proficiency test samples for AOAC’s new Cannabis/Hemp Proficiency Testing (PT) Program. The partnership was formed to help hemp and cannabis testing laboratories achieve the highest levels of product safety, testing quality, and regulatory compliance through a quality PT program using relevant matrices. With the launch of the program, AOAC became the industry’s only PT provider offering actual >0.3% (low, mid, and high delta-9-THC cannabis) and/or hemp flower as a matrix.
The Cannabis/Hemp PT Program was developed based on feedback from over 500 stakeholders representing more than 200 labs, including state regulatory laboratories, industry laboratories, and state and federal agencies, as well as national and international accrediting bodies, through the AOAC Cannabis Analytical Science Program (CASP).
The CASP analytical community comprises government, academic, and private sector laboratories and organizations. Together, they are supporting this initiative through direct financial support and by contributing their expertise.
For businesses, participating in the development of consensus standards and methods positions your organization as a leader in the cannabis and hemp analytical community. AOAC may also offer use of a specially designed AOAC CASP certification mark.
Scientists, academics, and government contributors gain reference methods that result in reliable data to support effective compliance-driven quality control of products and enhance public health.
There are many ways to get involved:
Scientists interested in working on CASP are encouraged to contact Allison Baker, AOAC Coordinator, Standards and Official Methods, at [email protected] or (240) 801-8658.