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The Emerald Conference fosters communication and collaboration and is renowned for its large collection of Subject Matter Experts who return year after year.  Recognizing the  Evolution within the Cannabinoid Industry, we have identified the need to address Quality.  We have put together a Saturday Workshop that extends the Quality discussion initiated during the previous days’ presentations.

During prohibition there was a fluid, rapidly evolving naming system for buyers and sellers to communicate. With legalization has come growth, resulting in new products such as distillate, resin, live resin, rosin, crystalline, and isolate, as well as full and broad spectrum products. Global growth requires standard nomenclature which facilitates business, scientific, and social communication.  We plan a collaborative workshop where individuals from the entire sector can come together to produce a white paper helping to standardize nomenclature throughout the global cannabinoid industry.  We plan to start from contributions at nomenclature standardization suggested by workshop participants.

Quality Summit Tickets

NOTE – The Quality Summit is a conference add-on event. Tickets to this event are purchased separately from the Emerald Conference.

Regular Price – $175 | Onsite Registration $200

Cannabis has been consumed since times well before the Common Era, but is one of the last human consumption commodities to require standardization in order to engage in international trade.  Two of the oldest standards organizations, AOAC and ASTM have taken up cannabis standardization initiatives,– test methods that meet the rigor of the top industry scientists, and standards that fit the need of the operators on the ground.  Workshop attendees should expect to collaboratively discuss common intersections in quality and the enabling tools required within both organizations.  We will address the question: Who is the authority on standards? How do we optimally allocate resources to establish the missions of participating organizations?  We expect Workshop attendees will better understand where they may seek guidance and participate in the appropriate organization with respect to standardization of Reference Materials, Reference Methods (Standards), and Accreditation / Certification.

Additionally, we will focus on the need for cannabis reference materials.. For example, Out of Specification claims by cannabis testing laboratories, and their veracity, are dependent on common materials.  A series of presentations will report on Cannabis Reference Material (RM) product line development, as well as other aspects of  Quality.


**This is a separate ticketed event from the Emerald Conference.**

8:00 AM – 2:10 PMQuality Summit & Networking Brunch

Join the Discussion on Quality in the Industry. Featuring a Nomenclature Workshop and Presentations from Industry Experts. Brunch will be served from 11:00 - 12:30.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PMRegistration
9:00 AM - 9:10 AMWelcome & Introduction
Speaker: John Abrams, Ph.D

Welcome Message from John Abrams, Scientific Directorof the Emerald Conference Scientific Committee.
9:10 AM - 9:30 AMKeynote - Cannabis Substance and Cannabis Product Use Categories and Quality Attributes
Presenter: Andrew Samaan

Herodotus observed the Scythians vaporizing cannabis flowers after battles fought across the Eurasian Steppes. Today we know those flowers to be the cannabis species ruderalis. Tracing the geographical diffusion of cannabis genetics and chemotypes of cannabis species, one can observe varieties that represent a spectrum of chemical categories to include active ingredients cannabinoids and terpenoids, flavonoids, and phenolics. In the recent past, those varieties have been named by morphological differences named Indica and sativa.

Labeling and determining the appropriate cannabis use categories for both disease and lifestyle require nomenclature defining drug substance and drug product. In addition, that nomenclature should reflect product intended use categories, routes of administration, formulation, and product content differences. Ultimately label claims, require that critical quality attributes be verified and communicated to the end user.

Nomenclature describing cannabis substance and cannabis product is evolving amongst multiple standards bodies and continues to evolve amongst scientific committees.

The current classifications and nomenclature of cannabis substance and cannabis products will be presented with explanations of cannabis chemotype with respect to establishing quality programs. Attendees will be informed on current critical quality attributes as used by the Industry. Quality control parameter variances for selected key production parameters will be illustrated. Such information helps define specification ranges useful for quality professionals building Quality Management Systems (QMS) for cannabis substance and product manufacturers.
9:30 AM - 11:00 AMNomenclature Workshop
Presenter: Kellan Finney, Eighth Revolution & RJ Hopp, PanXchange

Nomenclature within the cannabinoid industry has developed naturally over time, even during prohibition there was an unwritten naming system for buyers and sellers to communicate. Selling trim to manufacture shatter unfortunately did not come about post-legalization. With legalization has come growth, and that growth has led to innovations resulting in new products such as distillate, resin, live resin, rosin, diamonds (not the kind you wear on your hands), crystalline, and isolate just to name a few. Global growth has merited the attention of organizations interested in standardizing the nomenclature within the cannabis and hemp industry. Standard nomenclature would allow both industries to expand as global agricultural commodity products as well as facilitate smoother business, scientific, and social conversations surrounding the hemp and cannabis plant and their derivative products.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PMNetworking Brunch & Break

A lovely selection of breakfast and lunch options from the Chefs of Loews Coronado Bay Resort
12:30 PM - 1:00 PMThe Role of Reference Materials for Improving the Quality of Analytical Measurements Throughout the Cannabis Community
Presenter: Walter Wilson, Ph.D.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is developing a Cannabis Reference Material (RM) product line and Quality Assurance Program (QAP) as tools for forensic, food, supplement, and Cannabis testing laboratories. NIST is a non-regulatory agency with a goal of supporting commerce through the improvement of the comparability of analytical measurements. RMs play a key role in ensuring product quality and safety by allowing testing laboratories the opportunity to assess their in-house analytical measurement capabilities within accordance of Good Manufacturing Practices. Similarly, NIST has a proven track record of engagement with and service to the botanical dietary supplement community through the development of QAPs and more than 20 botanical RMs. To assist these Cannabis communities, NIST will initially utilize several dried hemp plant materials and extracts for RM development and QAP studies. All materials will be characterized at NIST for cannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc.) and value assigned for total THC content using multiple methods. Materials will be screened for toxic elements, terpenes, residual solvents, mycotoxins, pesticides, total yeast and mold, and microbiological contaminants by NIST and/or a trusted third-party laboratory. This presentation will discuss the development and proper use of Cannabis RMs including information on: key terminology; material selection; stability and handling; differences between certified and non-certified values and their associated uncertainties; proper documentation; and potential uses in standards development organizations such as AOAC International and ASTM International.
1:00 PM - 1:30 PMMaking Sense of Different QA Practices & Updates to Consensus Methods
Presenter: Susan Audino, Ph.D.
1:30 PM - 2:00 PMcGMP Manufacturing in the Cannabis Industry: The Regulatory Horizon and Implications for Process Optimization and Innovation
Presenter: Matthew Archibald

cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) is a quality control system to eliminate contamination and standardize products that conform with legislation and manufacturer’s specifications. cGMP’s are developed and enforced by regulators interacting with Food, Dietary Supplement, and Pharmaceutical industries. Due to the relative infancy of the Cannabis and Hemp industry, we are uniquely positioned to influence cannabis specific cGMP guidelines likely to be required around the world soon for both export and domestic consumption. The industry can take charge of future regulatory issues by working with regulatory authorities to implement cannabis specific cGMP programs for our industry now. Processing technology for the industry is rapidly evolving. Cultivation, post-harvest processing, extraction and refining are undergoing rapid change and state-of-the art two years ago is obsolete in today’s demanding and fast paced environment. Innovators are the manufacturers themselves, discovering through trial and error more efficient strategies that increase efficiency and decrease the cost of production. Scientific research by Acedemia is becoming more commonplace and novel methodologies are being published every year. cGMP programs are notoriously difficult to change and adapt to innovation without compromising production. Let’s work together to prepare for future regulation and to keep pace with rapid innovation. Well-funded and nimble Research and Development departments will allow manufacturers to verify newly developed equipment compliance and performance. In this way we can dovetail fully validated and regulatory compliant cGMP production programs without major disruptions.
2:00 PM - 2:10 PMClosing Comments
Presenter: TBD

Closing remarks and a look towards the future of quality in the industry

Quality Summit Tickets

NOTE – The Quality Summit is a conference add-on event. Tickets to this event are purchased separately from the Emerald Conference.

Regular Price – $175 | Onsite Registration $200

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