Editor's Note
A HPA Chief Science Officer Dr. Holly Johnson and Scott Coates, program lead for the Cannabis Analytical Science Program (CASP) and senior director of the AOAC Research Institute, participated in a Q&A on developing standards, official methods of analysis, training programs, and proficiency testing programs for the rapidly expanding cannabis testing industry. The Q&A and was published ahead of their webinar titled Update on Standards and Methods for Cannabis & Hemp Analysis being presented tomorrow.
In 2019 the Association of Official Analytical Collaboration (AOAC) created its cannabis analytical science program (CASP) for the primary goals of developing standards, official methods of analysis, training programs, and proficiency testing programs for the rapidly expanding cannabis testing industry.

Of specific interest to CASP was the development of a standard to analyze cannabinoids in hemp to support the increasing confusion surrounding the Farm Bill of 2018 and the US Domestic Hemp Production Program.

We caught up with Scott Coates, CASP program lead and senior director of the AOAC Research Institute, and Dr. Holly Johnson, chief science officer of the American Herbal Products Association, ahead of their upcoming webinar with Analytical Cannabis to explore what CASP is and discuss aims.

Roxanne Newman (RN):   Can you give me a brief overview of CASP and what its primary goals are?

Scott Coates (SC):  We recognised a couple of years ago that we were working with cannabis methods and were doing maybe one or two methods per year. We recognised that this is an important analytical area and decided that we needed to make more of an effort. So, we developed what we called CASP to speed up the process of delivering methods and standards. Also, this year we’re expanding to training and education and proficiency testing. So, in a nutshell, what we are doing with CASP is pulling all of the different programmes we have at AOAC together with a focus on cannabis.

Scott Coates and Dr Holly Johnson will be presenting Update on Standards and Methods for Cannabis & Hemp Analysis on April 21.  Click here to register your free place .

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