MAR 28, 2019 6:00 AM PDT

Challenges of Cannabis Testing in the US and Abroad

C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
  • Former Commissioner, Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
      Former commissioner, Deborah Miran, was a member of the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from 2013- 2016. While serving on the commission, she was also a member of the executive committee, policy, and research subcommittees, and was chair of the education subcommittee. She was responsible for developing education programs for doctors and patients, and was also an integral part of crafting the current regulations. Prior to the commission she was president and founder of Miran Consulting, Inc. There she advised both brand and generic drug makers on the FDA approval process. Ms. Miran was senior director of regulatory affairs for Alpharma, a generic drug manufacturer, where she directed the submission activities for new and abbreviated new drug applications to the FDA. She has spent over 30 years in the US pharmaceutical industry. Ms. Miran received her bachelor of science in chemistry from Iowa State University.


    The vast majority of  US states and other countries require quality control testing of cannabis and cannabis processed products prior to release for distribution. The purpose of product testing is to provide patients with the assurance that the medicine is potent and pure and safe for use. Analytical testing also assures that the contents match the label claim, that there is batch to batch consistency, and the product is potent and pure throughout shelf life. Each state and country has its own set of testing requirements and regulations for the analytical laboratories. With these requirements come challenges for both the regulators and the regulated industry. 

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Participants will learn how medical cannabis products are tested and the quality standards
    2. Participants will learn about the regulatory testing requirements in the US and other countries
    3. Participants will appreciate the various testing challenges as state programs evolve

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