17025 Accreditation for Cannabis Testing Labs
In the U.S. more states are legalizing medical marijuana, and with the growing industry comes regulation and quality assurance. Standards Stores is here to provide guidance for your medical marijuana laboratory to become accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017. We are able to help cannabis growers and product manufacturers monitor public health and safety through state compliance testing. Becoming an accredited cannabis testing lab can be extremely costly, thus we have created products to allow your lab to do it yourself and save money. Our All in One Accreditation Package is effective and efficient and will allow you to prepare your lab for the accreditation body audit.
As of July 2018, California has mandated that only lab-tested products may be sold by licensed retailers. These labs are required to be ISO/IEC 17025 accredited. Since accreditation takes time, the state of California offers a provisional license prior to obtaining accreditation to ISO 17025:2017. Currently, the demand for testing laboratories is growing and many labs are looking for ways to make sure that ISO/IEC 17025 is correctly implemented. If your cannabis testing lab is uncertain about its status, consider performing a gap analysis.
ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard provides the requirements for accreditation to laboratories that do analytical testing on cannabis and cannabis-derived products. Testing cannabis products is a necessity and verifies that they are safe for consumption and free from harmful levels of contaminants and adulterants. You can be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 for a variety of tests including:
- Cannabinoid testing and content (e.g., THC, THCV, CBD, CBDV, CBG, CBC, and CBN)
- Terpene profile
- Pesticides, fungicides/plant growth regulators
- Microbiological contaminants such as mold, insects, and bacteria
- Residual solvents
When you work with an accreditation body (AB), you may want to consider finding an AB that not only is able to accredit your lab to ISO/IEC 17025 but also to meet both regulatory and state requirements.
Certain labs are developing additional requirements to supplement the ISO/IEC 17025 standard specifically for the cannabis industry. This would include requirements for things like security, traceability, proficiency testing, sampling and personnel competence. The industry would greatly benefit from a uniform cannabis testing program across the US.
If you are looking to become accredited or need to update your ISO/IEC 17025 to the newest version check out the following products:
- ISO 17025:2017 All in One Accreditation Package
- ISO 17025:2017 for Small Business
- ISO 17025:2005 to 17025:2017 Gap Transition Checklist
- ISO 9001:2015 to 17025:2017 Gap Analysis Checklist
- ISO 17025 Training Products