February 7, 2023
The international accreditation used to standardize operations of cannabis testing laboratories is ISO/IEC 17025:2017. ISO/IEC 17025 defines the general, structural, resource, process, and management system requirements for the competence of cannabis testing laboratories across the globe. This accreditation adds reliability and credibility to cannabis testing laboratories and ensures that their test results are accurate, valid, reproducible, and legally defensible.
A cannabis testing laboratory must have a foolproof management system, ensure proper equipment handling, calibration, and maintenance, conduct personnel training periodically, and follow record-keeping best practices to ace their preparation for ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. It is not easy to have all the requirements in place. An informatics tool, such as a Cannabis LIMS, can help laboratories meet the various requirements of ISO 17025 seamlessly and breeze through regulatory audits.
- What is accreditation to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 and why it’s important
- Management systems: the key to data defensibility
- The equipment requirements you will need to meet to be successful
- Why ensuring the competence of your staff is crucial
- How a cannabis LIMS can help you keep up with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025
Who Should Watch
Recommended attendees include lab managers, directors, quality managers, and technicians of cannabis testing labs.
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General Manager of Accreditation Services, A2LA
Christopher Gunning is currently a General Manager of Accreditation Services focusing on the Life Sciences groups with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), where he has been employed since March 2009. He supports the day-to-day operations of the Life Sciences groups by assisting clients in obtaining and maintaining accreditation. His groups facilitate the assessment process for new and renewal laboratories in the Biological, Chemical, Environmental, Cannabis, Biobanking, and Clinical – fields of testing. He is also responsible for overseeing the Accreditation Services Officers responsible for laboratories in the Life Sciences field of testing.
He oversees many subprograms for the Environmental discipline, which include the Department of Defense Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (DoD ELAP), Wyoming Storage Tank Remediation Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program, Kentucky Underground Storage Tank Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program, DoD Advanced Geophysical Classification Accreditation Program (DAGCAP), and US EPA Environmental Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP).
Mr. Gunning has completed the 2009 A2LA ISO/IEC 17025 Assessor Orientation course. Mr. Gunning performs management system assessments, oversights of assessors, and represents A2LA at public meetings.
Mr. Gunning provides training, both publicly and privately. He has developed and delivered training courses on understanding 17025:2017, root cause and corrective action, and internal auditing. He also leads the instruction course for all new A2LA assessors using the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard.
Before joining A2LA, Mr. Gunning worked as a Senior Research Associate with GenVec Inc. He was responsible for managing the production, purification, and testing of adenoviral vectors to be used in cancer therapeutics, additionally managing all vaccine candidates. He also trained new employees in all related SOPs and technical skills related to these processes.
Mr. Gunning has a B.A. degree in Biology from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland.
Martha is a chemist with expertise in diverse areas of analytical chemistry. She had worked as an analyst at a licensed 3rd party analytical laboratory where she focused on developing and validating analytical methods for bioequivalence studies. Later, she served as a quality control expert in the analytical domain and as a monitor in clinical trials. Her interest in the clinical industry led her to be a part of two of the biggest hospitals in Mexico where she gained expertise in hematology, microbiology, and blood banking. Later, she became a member of the team of forensic chemical experts and started working from day one as a specialist in narcotics and drugs. This enabled her to gain rich experience in GC-MS, FTIR, HPLC-MS/MS, ICP-MS, and other analytical techniques for the separation, detection, and quantification of different molecules such as cannabinoids. She had participated in multiple oral trials defending her legal opinions and worked as an expert consultant. She had worked on the synthesis of small molecules for testing them on multi-drug resistant bacteria and mycobacteria, further developing her analytical skills in column chromatography, thin-layer chromatography, microbiology, and compound elucidation by NMR and HRMS. She carried out a research stay at the University of Barcelona with the organic synthesis team. She had also worked on natural products in France and presented her work at conferences in the USA and France. She received awards and accolades for her exceptional work. She has participated in several conferences as a moderator as well.
Martha holds a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Chemistry from the Faculty of Medicine UANL and a master’s degree in Pharmacy from the Faculty of Chemical Sciences UANL, Mexico.