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Canada to lead ISO workshop on safe cannabis production

August 4, 2020  By Grow Opportunity staff

The Standards Council of Canada and UL are partnering to establish guidelines for the creation of an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) technical committee on cannabis.

Canada’s experience in addressing the unique considerations in cannabis production has led to a call by industry and regulators to ensure that best practices are leveraged to reduce health and safety risks to employees, emergency responders and the general public,” said Chantal Guay, CEO of the Standards Council of Canada. “SCC is proud to partner with UL to facilitate this international discussion at ISO and to develop guidance for the benefit of the global market.”

The workshop will kick off in November 2020 covering three distinct areas:

  • Safety of cannabis facilities, equipment and oil extraction operations;
  • Secure handling of cannabis facilities, operations and transportation;
  • Good production practices guide for cannabis

“To be successful in Canada and at the global level, companies need a replicable model to help them protect their employees, facilities and consumers” said Joseph Hosey, vice president and general manager for UL Canada. “We’ve spoken with key players who are building premium brands and the safety and security of their operations is paramount.”


The goal of the workshop is to publish guidelines to submit to ISO as seed documents for the creation of an ISO Technical Committee on Cannabis. More information on the international workshop can be found on UL’s website. The registration deadline for the workshop is Sept. 30, 2020.

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