Cannabinoid Quality Conference

October 20-22, 2024

Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington VA

Call for Abstracts

Cannabis Industry Journal is requesting abstracts for Educational Presentations and Panel Discussions, (40 minutes including Q&A) to be presented during our upcoming Cannabinoid Quality Conference.

All abstracts will be judged based on the educational value.

Abstracts are due June 15. Abstract Categories:

  • Quality Management: Shifting from Reactive to Proactive Decision-Making through Quality Management. GMPs, HACCP, ISO 17025-2017, GLP, GRP. We invite abstracts that delve into how quality management and safety practices (e.g., GMPs, HACCP) can transform cannabis businesses. Submissions should focus on proactive approaches to integrate these principles for enhanced compliance, market distinction, and product quality. Share your insights on making quality and safety a cornerstone of the cannabis supply chain, from cultivation to consumer.
  • Regulations and Standards: The convergence of regulations, treaties, and standards in a maturing marketplace. This category seeks submissions that explore navigating the fragmented regulatory landscape of the cannabis industry, including strategies for managing compliance amidst evolving state, federal, and international standards. We encourage abstracts that discuss innovative tools and approaches for turning regulatory challenges into opportunities for growth.
  • Testing & Analysis: Potency, Pesticide, Mycotoxin, Terpenes, Pathogens, Yeast, Residual Solvents, Heavy Metals and Nutrients. Technology and Data Solutions. Leveraging Technology for Quality Assurance. Abstracts under this category should examine the role of digital technologies (data analytics, AI, and ML) in enhancing quality assurance in the cannabis industry. Highlight case studies, successes, and lessons learned from integrating digital tools to improve quality control, traceability, and consumer trust.
  • Audits and Supplier Management: Leveraging internal and external audit programs to build trust and consistency. This category calls for abstracts focusing on the critical importance of audits and effective supplier management in upholding product quality across the cannabis supply chain. Share best practices, experiences, and strategies for conducting impactful audits and establishing robust supplier relationships to ensure consistent quality and compliance.

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Two Events Under One Roof

The Cannabinoid Quality Conference and the Food Safety Consortium will take place under one roof and at the same time. With both food and cannabis markets innovating relentlessly with new technology and best practices to improve quality and safety, the two conferences running alongside each other will allow for a meeting of the minds like no other. CQC attendees will get full access to the Food Safety Consortium and vice versa. Mingle with your counterparts in other markets and see why the food and cannabis industries share so much in common.

Plan to Attend

Use the interactive Agenda. 1) Click on the Agenda link above. 2) Click on the session title and see a detailed description of the session along with the speakers and panelists. 3) Use the Tag filter to narrow down your search of topics.

Transportation information: The Crystal Gateway Marriott is only one mile from Reagan National Airport (DCA), two miles to Washington, DC and directly connected to the Crystal City Metro station. Ideally located in Arlington, VA, the hotel is steps to the exciting new National Landing development and Pentagon City; as well as a quick and convenient Metro ride to downtown Washington D.C. and Old Town Alexandria.

Washington D.C. as a destination: Make it a conference to remember! Bring the family, enjoy the sights of our nation’s capital! Click on Registration Info button above and scroll to the bottom for more details about Washington D.C. as a destination, including information on the National Air & Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Pre-Conference Workshops & Training. Earn CE Hours!

The 2024 Cannabinoid Quality Conference features pre-conference workshops and training alongside the Food Safety Consortium in an effort to promote educational and professional learning opportunities. 12 or 20 CE Hours: The Cannabinoid Quality Conference’s two-day program is recognized by NEHA (National Environmental Health Association) for 12 Continuing Education (CE) Hours. If you participate in one of the pre-conference workshops or training and attend the conference, a total of 3 days, the NEHA CE Hours is 20.

* Innovative Environmental Monitoring: Revolutionizing Listeria monocytogenes Detection with a Three-Class Sampling Plan
During this 1/2-day workshop, attendees will gain insights on a groundbreaking approach to environmental monitoring, specifically targeting Lm, designed to address the deficiencies of traditional methods.

* Unveiling the Source: Investigating the Causes of Food Safety Events
Join us for an interactive workshop where we delve into the intricacies of root cause analysis and its pivotal role in determining the causes of adverse food safety events. Through real-world cases studies and practical exercises, participants will gain valuable insights into how information gathered through root cause analysis can inform effective solutions and pave the path forward for preventing similar events in the future.

* Advanced Food Safety HACCP Workshop. This 20-hour workshop focuses on the maintenance and continuous improvement of effective Food Safety HACCP Programs. Experienced and knowledgeable instructors have chosen key subject areas that are important to current issues and resolutions for effective management of Food Safety HACCP Programs. The agenda will vary based on current food safety issues, FSMA updates and the needs of the actual attendees based on their industry sector.

We are providing this course in three (2-3 hr.) virtual classes conducted by a live instructor in September and October culminating with an in person 8–10-hour class on October 20th at the Food Safety Consortium

* Food Safety Auditor Training. This 4-part series is designed to provide the knowledge, behaviors and technical skills attributed to a competent food safety auditor. The series includes 3 virtual 2 hour presentations conducted by a live instructor to support participants learning experience regardless of their current level of auditing experience. These sessions are recorded and available for additional self-paced study for less experienced participants, while experienced auditors can refresh their understanding of auditing fundamentals before advancing to the more complex skills and critical thinking behaviors needed to audit high risk products. The course culminates with a full day of in person instruction (Sunday, Oct. 20) on advanced topics such as potential conflicts of interest, enhanced conflict resolution techniques and providing tips in advanced written communication skills to support the delivery of comprehensive audit reports. A variety of learning techniques such as case studies and role playing will be used to reinforce the knowledge and skills covered by this course of study. designed to augment the skills, knowledge and behaviors attributed to a competent third party food safety auditor. (last year this workshop was sold out!)

* FSPCA Intentional Adulteration (IA) Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Participant Course. This course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of conducting a vulnerability assessment under the Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) regulation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This regulation is one of a number of regulations and guidance that implement the provisions of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration regulation (referred to as the IA rule) is aimed at preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale public health harm, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “food defense qualified individual” who has successfully completed training in the conduct of a vulnerability assessment (21 cfr 121.4). This course developed by the FSPCA is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “food defense qualified individual” responsible for conducting a vulnerability assessment.

The IA rule does not specify a particular method that you must use to conduct your vulnerability assessment. Two potential methods that can be used are the Key Activity Type (KAT) and/or the Three Fundamental Elements methods. If you conduct your vulnerability assessment using the KAT method with no modifications, you should consider completing the FSPCA IA Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Using Key Activity Types course. However, if you use any modifications to the KAT method or plan to use the Three Fundamental Elements method, then this course would provide the tools you need to do so.

What People Are Saying About the CQC

“What set the Cannabis Quality Conference apart from many others was the intentionality and focus on high value substance from the presentations.”

“Once again, excellent panels today at the CQC here in Jersey! Have I mentioned how much I love to learn? This industry is forever evolving and being able to observe and watch it roll out from infancy in New Jersey has been tremendous.”

“What an informative and motivating event!”

“I feel fortunate to have been in attendance for such inspiring, informative and REAL discussions being had by industry experts from all across the country.”

“It was so great to listen, meet and speak with so many industry influencers!”

About the Cannabinoid Quality Conference

Last year’s Cannabis Quality Conference took place in October, 2023 at the Hilton in Parsippany, New Jersey. This year, we have adjusted the focus to the regulations, testing and quality standards impacting cannabinoids and moved the location to the Washington DC area.

Brought to you by Cannabis Industry Journal, the CQC is a business-to-business conference and expo where cannabis industry leaders and stakeholders meet to build the future of the cannabis marketplace. In a location surrounded by new market opportunities, the CQC will deliver hands-on education, networking and business discussions. The venue setting, coupled with our highly focused content, creates a business meeting environment unlike anything else.

Content Partner:

GMP Collective

Presentations from 2023:

  • The Future of East Coast Cannabis: Social Equity, Justice & Legalization
  • The State of the State: An Update on New Jersey Legalization
  • From Research to Recall: Regulatory Compliance for Cannabis Businesses in New Jersey
  • The State of the State: An Update on New York Legalization
  • 280E & Beyond: Accounting and Tax Compliance for Cannabis Businesses
  • Other Cannabinoids 101
  • Navigating Cannabis Testing Regulations for Multi-State Operations
  • Quality in the Retail Ecosystem
  • Get It Right the First Time: Best Practices to Design Your Facility for a Successful Operation
  • Tri-State Cannabis: Pro Tips for Winning Applications
  • Security in Cannabis: From Application to Operations
  • Stay Tuned for More!

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Partner Organizations

New Jersey CannaBusiness Association

Media Partners

Cannabis Industry Journal

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