The A2LA-accredited Demeter Laboratory was recently awarded a unique contract as part of Oklahoma’s comprehensive plan to ensure uniform quality in medical cannabis products. In 2019 Demeter was the first medical cannabis laboratory in the state of Oklahoma to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by A2LA, distinguishing them as an industry leader in the state and affirming the capabilities and competency of their laboratory. Now, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) has contracted Demeter Laboratory to evaluate all other cannabis labs in the state for their adherence to OMMA rules and regulations, and to conduct secondary testing on products submitted to other labs. As part of this contract, Demeter will no longer provide commercial testing of cannabis products, and will dedicate their facility and staff exclusively to OMMA’s quality assurance program.
A2LA is pleased to announce the accreditation of ECC Test Lab to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for cannabis testing. East Coast Cannalytics (dba ECC Test Lab), based in Blacksburg, VA, is the first cannabis testing laboratory accredited to the standard in the state by A2LA.
On August 18th, 2020 A2LA granted ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation to MEMP Service Corporation (Molecular Environmental Monitoring Provider). MEMP Service Corp. sought accreditation to this standard as part of the development of their cutting-edge new mobile molecular environmental monitoring services. This mobile biosurveilance solution allows MEMP to deploy an on-site molecular testing laboratory to any location and provide test results in four hours or less for a wide variety of microbial pathogens and other molecular targets.
A2LA is pleased to announce the accreditation of Trichome Analytical to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for cannabis testing. Trichome, based in Mount Laurel, NJ, is the first cannabis testing laboratory accredited to the standard in the state.
ALS, global provider of laboratory testing services, has recently expanded their scope of accreditation to include their newest food laboratory under the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) satellite program. This new ALS laboratory is a greenfield startup laboratory in Houston, Texas that sought accreditation by A2LA for testing.
A2LA is pleased to announce the accreditation of Viridis Laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for cannabis testing. Viridis, based in Lansing, MI, is A2LA’s first cannabis testing laboratory accredited in the State of Michigan.
In any other year, A2LA staff and assessors might have attended a dozen or more conferences, expos, and professional gatherings by now. These opportunities to network and share professional insight were a part of our industry presence that we never anticipated losing altogether, but as is the case with all aspects of modern life, COVID-19 has forced us to make some profound changes. Many of the conferences we usually attend have been cancelled altogether, but others have been re-imagined as “virtual” conferences that seek to translate some of the in-person experience to a digital format through various types of video conferencing, virtual exhibit halls, and interactive presentations.
On August 4th 2020 A2LA was granted approval to perform assessments on behalf of The New Hampshire Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NH ELAP), which provides accreditation for environmental laboratories, both in New Hampshire and out-of-state. NH ELAP accreditation ensures that the results of covered tests, analyses, and measurements are sufficiently accurate, precise and consistent. This is the eighth state environmental accreditation program for which A2LA is now authorized to provide assessments.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Consolidated Audit Program (DOECAP) is a component of the DOE’s Analytical Services Program, which focuses on management of environmental regulatory compliance programs, remediation, clean-up efforts, and waste management. DOECAP helps conduct assessments of environmental analytical laboratories through the DOECAP-Accreditation Program. Working with the Department of Defense, the DOECAP program has adopted the Quality Systems Manual Version 5.3 as their governing standard and has also begun to rely on three ILAC recognized third party accreditation bodies, such as A2LA, to perform the assessments of the analytical laboratories. A2LA has been recognized by the DOE to grant accreditation for the DOECAP program since 2017.
On June 10, 2020 Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab), based in Clearwater, Florida, expanded their scope of accreditation to cover environmental testing for SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19, and the test developed by EDLab is designed to determine virus presence and persistence on hard surfaces. This is particularly applicable to doors, tables, elevator buttons, and other frequently touched surfaces that have the potential to transmit coronavirus in shared spaces. EDLab was among the first A2LA-accredited laboratories to become accredited for this type of testing, which is an important part of the effort to control the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate risks associated with using shared spaces.