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Tuesday, August 04 2020 - 22:00
Canada to Lead ISO International Workshop on Safe Cannabis Production
TORONTO, Aug. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

  -- The Standards Council of Canada and UL partner to help establish 
     guidelines for the creation of an ISO Technical Committee on cannabis

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.

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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. 

"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, 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."

"UL is pleased to work with SCC to support Canada and the global community in 
developing guidance for emerging industries such as legalized cannabis," said 
Joseph Hosey, vice president and general manager for UL Canada. "To be 
successful in Canada and at the global level, companies need a replicable model 
to help them protect their employees, facilities and consumers.  We've spoken 
with key players who are building premium brands and the safety and security of 
their operations is paramount."

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; and Good 
production practices guide for cannabis. 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.  Visit this site for more information on the 
international workshop ( 

About SCC
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) ( ) is a Crown 
corporation that facilitates the development of standards and promotes their 
use to enhance Canada's competitiveness and well-being. It promotes the 
participation of Canadians in standardization activities to ensure Canada is at 
the table to help shape the standards of tomorrow. As Canada's national 
accreditation body, it accredits conformity assessment bodies to 
internationally or nationally recognized standards. SCC also accredits 
standards development organizations which are part of Canada's standardization 

About UL
UL helps create a better world by applying science to solve safety, security 
and sustainability challenges. We empower trust by enabling the safe adoption 
of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to 
make the world a safer place. All of our work, from independent research and 
standards development, to testing and certification, to providing analytical 
and digital solutions, helps improve global well-being. Businesses, industries, 
governments, regulatory authorities and the public put their trust in us so 
they can make smarter decisions. To learn more, visit ( 
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Press Contacts:

Nadine James
Standards Council of Canada | Conseil canadien des normes
613 238-3222, ext./poste 462

Steven Brewster
Corporate Communications

Source - UL