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Safety, Security and Sustainability of Cannabis Facilities and Operations

The demand for medical and recreational cannabis products is surging, with a projected worth of up to US$103.9 billion by 2024. Given the rapid growth of this industry and the challenges with respect to the safety, security and sustainability of buildings, premises, facilities and operations handling cannabis, Canada will lead an ISO international workshop to develop guidelines in these areas.

Canada is uniquely positioned to offer global thought leadership based on the initiatives taken to date to address the safety, security and sustainability considerations in coordination with regulators, government and industry stakeholders since its 2018 legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational use.

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and UL are proud to partner together in facilitating an international ISO workshop to develop guidance for the global legal cannabis market. Interested stakeholders are invited to participate in the workshop to develop three (3) documents covering the safety, security and sustainability of buildings, facilities, equipment and systems utilized for the cultivation, production, processing, transportation and sale of cannabis and cannabis products.

The three proposed Workshop Documents are:

•   Workshop document #1 – Technical guide for the safety of cannabis buildings, equipment and oil extraction operations

•   Workshop document #2 – Technical guide for the secure handling of cannabis and cannabis products

•   Workshop document #3 – Good production practices (GPP) guide for cannabis

Schedule of the workshop:

Sept. 30, 2020Registration Deadline
Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 20209:00 AM – 1:00 PM
IWA Meeting #1 (Virtual via Zoom)
Plenary Meeting & Working Group Meetings
Dec. 2020 – Jan. 2021At the call of WG convenersWorking Group Meetings (Virtual via Zoom)
Jan. 28, 2021TBDIWA Meeting #2 (Virtual via Zoom)
Feb. – May 2021At the call of WG convernersWorking Group Meetings (Virtual via Zoom)
May 3 – 7, 2021Full day meetingsIWA Meeting #3 (Potential in-person meeting)
Ottawa, Canada
Plenary Meeting & Working Group Meetings
June 20, 2021Target publication date
Note: All meetings are scheduled for the Eastern time zone and will be conducted in English.

To participate in the workshop, please register your intent to volunteer here –

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Please advise your National Standards Body (NSB) that you have registered to participate in this workshop.