Demystifying ISO 17025 Requirements for Cannabis Testing Labs: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Author: Arun Apte

Journal: Analytical Cannabis, April 26, 2023


Although many states in the United States have legalized or decriminalized cannabis, it remains illegal at the federal level. As a result, regulations surrounding cannabis businesses vary significantly from state to state. In certain states, cannabis testing facilities must achieve ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation as part of the licensing process, which involves an inspection by a qualified auditor. In other states, many laboratories are opting to undergo audits willingly to achieve accreditation.

ISO/IEC 17025 is an internationally recognized standard for the competence of testing and calibration labs. It provides a framework for labs to demonstrate that they are technically competent and can produce accurate and reliable results. In the context of cannabis testing, ISO 17025 accreditation is particularly relevant as it provides a standardized approach to lab operations and quality management. Accreditation to this standard ensures that cannabis testing labs follow consistent and rigorous procedures, have appropriately trained staff, use validated methods, and have proper quality control measures in place. By following ISO 17025 standards, cannabis testing labs can demonstrate to regulators, consumers, and industry stakeholders that their results are accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. Obtaining this accreditation is a means for labs to showcase their quality and distinguish themselves from competitors who have not undergone external verification of their methods and operation.

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