AOAC CASP Meeting Minutes, September 7 2019

AOAC Cannabis Analytical Science Program Second Meeting: Denver, Colorado

September 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. MT Meeting Minutes


Welcome and Introductions

Coates welcomed all and explained the purpose of the meeting: to approve three new sets of AOAC Standard Method Performance Requirements ® for cannabis and to discuss other emerging issues in the industry. Coates congratulated all staff and volunteers for bringing the program to this point. AOAC invited participants to review the meeting book. 1 Program Overview – Scott Coates, AOAC Coates then reviewed the CASP program. He highlighted the four pre-existing AOAC Cannabis SMPRs (AOAC SMPRs 2017.001, 2017.002, 2017.019 and 2018.011) and the two AOAC Cannabis Official Methods of Analysis (AOAC 2018.10 & AOAC 2018.11) all of which were developed prior to the start of the CASP program. The interest in these projects led to AOAC’s development of a full- time, dedicated program for cannabis analytical science, CASP, in late 2018. CASP’s objectives are to facilitate a forum for discussions on cannabis analysis, facilitate the development and publication of cannabis and hemp-specific methods and standards, identify cannabis and hemp reference standards, establish a cannabis and hemp proficiency testing program in accord with international standards, provide analytical lab management training, to provide resources and education to regulators, and more as the community requires. He went on to review CASP’s current working groups – microbial contaminants, chemical contaminants, and cannabinoid content. He also reviewed the structure of the program, with an advisory panel of CASP members overseeing the program’s direction. He concluded with a summary of CASP’s next steps, including working group meetings, expert review panels and future CASP meetings. III. Consensus Building at AOAC INTERNATIONAL – Deborah McKenzie, AOAC McKenzie then gave a brief presentation on consensus building and standards development at AOAC INTERNATIONAL. She explained that the working group chairs will discuss their final draft standards and open the room to deliberation. Final revisions are captured in real time, on screen, and a motion will then be made to adopt the standard. For the first AOAC will conduct real time online voting, which will allow for wider participation and greater anonymity. This process was demonstrated for the group. McKenzie concluded by stating that the meeting and its outcomes will be carefully documented and reviewing the roles and responsibilities of the various groups. II.

IV. Report from the Microbial Contaminants Working Group – Pat Bird & Julia Bramante, Co-Chairs

1 September 7, 2019 AOAC CASP Meeting Book: . All presentations referenced in this document are available in the meeting book.

AOAC CASP Meeting Minutes, September 7, 2019

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