Patricia Atkins, Product Application Scientist at SPEX CertiPrep, participated in the Stakeholder Panel on Strategic Food Analytical Methods (SPSFAM) “Cannabis Potency” Working Group. The group worked to develop Standard Method Performance Requirements (SMPRs®) in an effort to find fit-for-purpose method(s) for cannabis potency. The working group examined analytical challenges, regulatory requirements, and gaps in current methodology, etc. to submit SMPRs against which candidate methods can be evaluated. The SMPRs that are developed will be applicable for industry and regulators alike. The AOAC stakeholder panel, SPSFAM, will be used to advance draft standards developed by this new working group.
The group narrowed its focus to five cannabinoids (of the 15 compounds of interest) required for the initial SMPR; THC, THCA, CBD, CBDA, and CBN. Draft SMPRs were developed and are posted on the AOAC website at SPSFAm SMPRs for Public Comment: Cannabis and Proanthocyanadins in Cranberries and is open for public comment.
The standards development activities for cannabis potency are supported by AOAC Organizational Affiliates (OA) companies SPEX CertiPrep, Sigma-Aldrich, GW Pharmaceuticals, SCIEX, CEM Corp., and SC Labs through AOAC’s working group initiative.
The AOAC Official Methods Board recognizes significant contributions and meritorious volunteer service to the AOAC analytical scientific community. Awards for both team and individual service are reviewed annually by the Official Methods Board. Award categories are: Achievement for Technical and Scientific Excellence, Expert Review Panel of the Year, Method of the Year, and Technical Service Award. Awardees receive their recognition during the AOAC Awards Ceremony during the AOAC Annual Meeting.
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