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A2LA is excited to welcome a new group of students to our summer 2021 internship program. Since 2012, A2LA has been welcoming interns to help young people gain real-life work experience in their chosen field, adding new programs and support tools each year. This year’s program kicks off in May, and over the next several weeks A2LA staff will get to meet and mentor seven young professionals in various departments. Each have kindly shared a little bit of information about themselves.
May 6, 2021- Frederick, MD – A2LA is pleased to announce the accreditation of Analabs, Inc. to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for cannabis testing. Analabs, located in Crab Orchard, West Virginia, is the first cannabis testing laboratory to be accredited in the state.
A2LA has granted ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation to Americans for Safe Access (ASA), marking A2LA’s first-ever certificate of accreditation issued to a product certification body in the cannabis industry. ASA is an organization focused on ensuring safe, legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. To that end, ASA has developed the “Patient Focused Certification” scheme to identify reliable, high-quality medical cannabis, businesses, products, and services.
In many states, regulations require that cannabis testing laboratories be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 in order to operate. This requirement is not ubiquitous, however, and in the absence of federal requirements for cannabis testing, states where cannabis products are legal demonstrate significant variability in how those products are regulated. As a result, many cannabis testing labs have taken it upon themselves to implement quality assurance measures that go beyond the requirements in their state. Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 is a widely recognized indicator of competence within the cannabis testing space, so labs seeking more rigorous quality parameters often voluntarily apply for accreditation through A2LA. Representatives from two such labs: Kristen Goedde of Trichome Analytical in new Jersey, and Jessica Alexander of Land & Seas Laboratory in Alaska, each kindly answered our questions about why they chose to have their laboratories accredited by A2LA, even though it was not mandatory in their respective states.
With the cannabis industry continuing to grow throughout the US, A2LA has dedicated itself to supporting quality in cannabis labs as they work to ensure access to safe, accurately labeled cannabis products. A2LA’s dedicated cannabis accreditation team is involved in industry groups, provides educational content to cannabis labs, and even makes recommendations on new legislation. Each laboratory we accredit has its own unique history and a distinct journey to accreditation, but the value of ISO/IEC 17025 is universal within the cannabis industry. For this Cannabis Customer Q&A, Greg Michaud, CEO of Viridis Laboratories, spoke with us about the value of ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and why Viridis chose A2LA as their accreditation provider.
Although industry conferences are looking very different these days, A2LA has continued to find ways to connect with customers and share information with others in the accreditation industry. For Pittcon 2021, in addition to a virtual booth, A2LA experts will be presenting four different informational sessions throughout the conference. We have identified topics of interest among our customers throughout the last several months and are eager to provide helpful insider perspectives. If you will be virtually attending Pittcon March 8-12th, please join us at any of the following four sessions, or visit our virtual booth for a one-on-one conversation our accreditation professionals.
Effective March 1st, 2021 the Oregon Health Authority has completed “Phase 3 Rulemaking” of the Toxic-Free Kids Act, a law requiring manufacturers of children’s products sold on Oregon to report and ultimately remove certain high priority chemicals of concern for children’s health (HPCCCH). This law is intended to reduce children’s exposure to chemicals of concern and improve scientific understanding of how children may be exposed to such chemicals.
A2LA is pleased to announce the accreditation of Cannalytics, LLC to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for cannabis testing. Cannalytics, based in San Juan, Puerto, was accredited by A2LA in December 2020 and is the first cannabis testing laboratory accredited in Puerto Rico. Cannalytics is led by professionals with extensive laboratory experience in related fields, giving them the skills required to excel in cannabis testing. Owner and Director Jorge H. Diaz, MT (ASCP) and his team pursued accreditation with A2LA to establish themselves as quality leaders in the fast-expanding cannabis industry and to support a safe and consistent medical cannabis supply in Puerto Rico.
A2LA members have elected and approved two new individuals to A2LA’s Board of Directors for terms beginning January 1, 2021. Mike Carter, CEO of Western Energy Support and Technology (WEST), is an accomplished executive with over 29 years of experience in flow measurement and calibration. William Troy, a retired three-star Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army, is former CEO of the American Society for Quality, where he led a $40 million budget for the global, 68,000-member non-profit organization. The Board of Directors has also appointed Robin Stombler, President of Auburn Health Strategies, as its new Vice Chair.
Colorado was among the first states to legalize cannabis products for medical use and the second state to legalize recreational cannabis use for adult use. As a result, Colorado has one of the best-established cannabis infrastructures in the US and boasts many highly trusted cannabis testing laboratories. Del Kreiser, Marketing Manager for Botanacor, kindly spoke with Accreditation Supervisor Anna Williams about their role in the cannabis industry and how accreditation plays a part in their ongoing commitment to quality.