2nd Global Workshop on Advancing the Field of Cannabis through Standardization

Date: December 14, 2021 - December 15, 2021

Event Location:  Virtual

Organized by: ASTM Committee D37 on Cannabis



About the Event

The 2nd Global Workshop on Advancing the Field of Cannabis through Standardization will be held December 14, 2021 through December 15, 2021. The workshop is organized by ASTM ASTM Committee D37 on Cannabis, and will be held virtually.


Objective and Scope

As we emerge from a global state of prohibition, the need for harmonized international standards that assure the quality and safety of cannabis becomes even more urgent. The lack of standards has led to unreliable testing data and a consumer base that is left responsible for ensuring the products they are purchasing are safe. ASTM International’s Technical Committee D37 on Cannabis has been hard at work creating market relevant standards for the global cannabis industry to address these quality and safety issues. It is also important to:

  • Increase participation in the standards development effort from international stakeholders,
  • Support the needs of diverse professionals that interface with cannabis standardization and safety harmonization
  • Explore the unique needs of the member regions, and
  • Update the global community on the latest technological innovations that will aid in compliance, setting standards, and consumer/patient protection.

The goal of Committee D37 is to establish standards for cannabis, including products and processes, through the development of terminology, classifications, specifications, test methods, practices, and guides for cultivation, manufacturing, quality assurance, laboratory considerations, packaging, security, and other market relevant issues.

Presenters are encouraged to provide a report on topic driven aspects of their market and what has changed over the years leading up to the 2nd Global Workshop. Presentations should cover the current status of cannabis/hemp in your region, any efforts being carried out to end prohibition, any efforts being taken to ensure equity in application of standards, and/or clearly describe the challenges your market faces where standardization could help.

The guiding principle is to focus on the consumer and environmental protection, consumer safety, and market stabilization methods that are needed to provide both consumers and regulators with the assurances they need to know that the cannabis products that are on the marketplace are safe to consume and do not pose a risk to human health or the environment. Speakers should use this session to identify the standards they believe are critical and the resources needed to create the testing protocols for the cannabis industry.

The workshop intends to provide cannabis industry stakeholders with the knowledge they need to be effective participants in the international community. Presentations will be concluded by question and answer sessions intended to keep the audience engaged.

For more information, click here, to view the 2nd Global Workshop Flyer.


Abstract Submission

To participate in the symposium, authors must submit a 250 to 300-word preliminary abstract using the online Abstract Submission Portal no later than DATE. The form can also be accessed by scrolling to the top of the page and clicking “Go to Abstract Submittal Form”. To ensure your abstract was received into the ASTM database, please email symposia@astm.org and let us know that you have submitted an abstract.

The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper's suitability for this symposium. The Symposium Chair(s) will notify you via email and postal mail by DATE of your paper’s acceptability for presentation at the symposium. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the author will be requested to submit a final abstract a few months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in a program booklet at the symposium.

Publication Information

Symposium authors are required to submit their papers for ASTM publication in an STP, an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors’ instructions via email only. Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than DATE at the ASTM Editorial Office. The corresponding author (the author who is the main contact with ASTM Headquarters) will receive a copy of his/her paper in portable document format (PDF). All published authors will have the opportunity to purchase reprints of their papers at a nominal cost. Only those papers submitted by the manuscript due date will be included in the STP.

Please note that all submitted papers are subject to peer review by two independent reviewers. The STP will be submitted to the Library of Congress with an ISBN number and will be reviewed for inclusion in the Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) and Google Scholar.

Technical Program

To view the technical program, (presentation times, paper titles, and presenters’ names), please click here.



Registration for the workshop is now open and will remain open through December 12, 2021.

  Registration Fees
ASTM Member $75.00
Non-member $100.00

All Attendees - You must be registerd to attend this workshop. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Approximately one week prior to the start of the workshop, an email containing the link to join the workshop will be sent to all who have registerd through December 5th.  Those who register after that date will recieve the email 1-2 business days after registering.

Students – Students may be eligable to receive a dicounted fee, provided they are a full-time student, are not employeed full-time, and can provide a current and valid university email address for registration.  To register as a stundet, please contact ASTM Symposia Operations at symposia@astm.org.

Presenters - Workshop presenters DO NOT need to register for this event.  ASTM will automatically register you, and you will receive the link to attend the virtual workshop approximately one week prior to the start of the workshop.

Cancellations - A refund of the symposium fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the symposium. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Symposia Operations at symposia@astm.org or 610-832-9568.

If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Symposia Operations at
symposia@astm.org Tel: 610-832-9568, or ASTM Technical Support at support@astm.org or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).


Technical Chair Contact Information

Workshop Chair:          Scheril Murray Powell, Esq.
                                      Email: smpesquire@outlook.com
                                      Phone: +1-561-929-4678

ASTM Staff Manger:    Robert Morgan
                                     Email: rmorgan@astm.org
                                     Phone: +1-610-832-9732


Continuing Education Units

Workshop attendees interested in receiving 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) must complete the CEU application form found in the back of the program booklet and email it to symposia@astm.org within 10 business days of the conclusion of the workshop. You must be registered and have attended the entire workshop in order to receive the CEU’s. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately two to four weeks after ASTm recieves your form.


Hotel Information

The symposium will be held at the Boston Marriott Coply Place in Boston, MA. More information on how to make your sleeping room reservation will be posted at a later date.


Future Meetings

ASTM Committee D37 on Cannabis invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information about the committee, please visit the the committee's hompage by clicking here, or you may contact the ASTM Staff Manager, Robert Morgan at rmorgan@astm.org.