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AOAC and Industry to Set Voluntary Consensus Standards for Cannabis

AOAC and Industry to Set Voluntary Consensus Standards for Cannabis

*reprinted from the May/June 2016 issue of AOAC Inside Laboratory Management AOAC and industry are partnering to develop Standard Method Performance Requirements (SMPRs®) in an effort to find the best testing method(s) for cannabis. Analytical testing in the cannabis sector is greatly suffering from a lack of standardization and appropriately vetted methods that have been rigorously evaluated. The result is diminished consumer safety and insufficient knowledge about a legally acquired and purchased commodity.

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A2LA Welcomes New Approved Lead Assessors - September 2016

A2LA Welcomes New Approved Lead Assessors - September 2016

Since the previous issue of A2LA Today, the following individuals have achieved the status of “Staff Approved Lead Assessor” and have begun performing assessments for A2LA:

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A2LA Welcomes New Approved Lead Assessors - December 2016

A2LA Welcomes New Approved Lead Assessors - December 2016

Since the previous issue of A2LA Today, the following individuals have achieved the status of “Staff Approved Lead Assessor” and have begun performing assessments for A2LA:

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A2LA Chosen to Credential Cannabis Testing Laboratories in the State of Alaska

A2LA Chosen to Credential Cannabis Testing Laboratories in the State of Alaska

A2LA has been awarded a contract with the state of Alaska, under Alaska regulation AAC 306, to provide credentialing services for five marijuana testing facilities in the State. The contract requires that these facilities undergo an independent evaluation by A2LA as a prerequisite for them to obtain the required marijuana establishment license from the Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development.

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A2LA Expands IAAC Scope of Recognition to Include Proficiency Testing Providers & Reference Materials Producers

A2LA Expands IAAC Scope of Recognition to Include Proficiency Testing Providers & Reference Materials Producers

A2LA is proud to announce that its Scope of Recognition as an Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) Multi-Lateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) signatory has been expanded to include accreditation of proficiency testing providers (ISO/IEC 17043) and reference material producers (ISO17034). This expansion is the result of a peer review of A2LA’s proficiency testing provider and reference material producer accreditation programs.

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A2LA Issues First ISO 17034:2016 Accreditation in the United States

A2LA Issues First ISO 17034:2016 Accreditation in the United States

A2LA is proud to announce the accreditation of Brammer Standard Company, Inc., located in Houston, TX, as the first organization in the United States to achieve accreditation to the newly released International Standard, ISO 17034:2016: General requirements for the competence of reference material producers. Brammer has been accredited since February 2001, resulting in the status of longest-running Reference Material Producer accredited by A2LA.

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A2LA Becomes Accredited Provider of IACET CEUs

A2LA Becomes Accredited Provider of IACET CEUs

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded A2LA the industry-respected Accredited Provider status. IACET Accredited Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The recognition period is for five years, at which time A2LA will be re-evaluated. This accreditation includes all training programs offered or created during this time. “A2LA is proud of our world-class training programs which have been designed to help organizations achieve and maintain accreditation to international standards. Our training courses are delivered by subject matter experts with many years of professional training experience so that our stakeholders stay on the cutting edge,” stated Julie Collins, A2LA Training Manager. Ms. Collins added, “Our accreditation by IACET is a demonstration of our commitment to lifelong learning and high training standards for all of our programs. We are very pleased to become an accredited member as well as to join an elite group of organizations that offer excellent continuing education and training programs.”

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A2LA Attends the 2017 “Emerald Conference” in Support of Quality in Cannabis Testing

A2LA Attends the 2017 “Emerald Conference” in Support of Quality in Cannabis Testing

Although the name of the conference may imply otherwise, this was not a conference on gemstones. A2LA CEO, Lonnie Spires, and A2LA Biosafety Program Manager, Roger Brauninger, traveled to San Diego, California on February 2-4, 2017 to attend and exhibit at the 3rd annual “Emerald Cannabis Conference” sponsored by Emerald Scientific. The 2017 event theme was “Exploring the Science of Cannabis.” The 3rd annual conference attempted to focus on the issues of hard cannabis science and a significant number of the participating organizations were A2LA-accredited. Session topics included “Science and Horticultural Practice” and “Analytical Testing and Sample Schemes.” Many speakers advocated the use of accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 in their presentations, including Cindy Ludwig of AOCS, Shawn Kassner of Neptune, Jahan Marcu of ASA and Sue Audino, A2LA assessor.

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A2LA Appoints Tim Osborne as Senior Director to Lead the Association’s Training Services

A2LA Appoints Tim Osborne as Senior Director to Lead the Association’s Training Services

A2LA is proud to announce that Tim Osborne has been appointed to the newly-created position of Senior Director of Training Services. Osborne currently also serves as NCSLI’s VP of Operations and contributes technical expertise to Working Group 44, ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

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A2LA Accepting Applications for Department of Homeland Security P25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP)

A2LA Accepting Applications for Department of Homeland Security P25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP)

In response to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) posting of new P25 Compliance Assessment Bulletins (CABs) that outline test procedures for the P25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP), A2LA is now accepting applications for its P25 Compliance Accreditation Program. Project 25 (P25) is a suite of standards which enable interoperability among digital two-way land mobile radio communications products created by and for public safety professionals1. The accreditation requirements, used in conjunction with ISO/IEC 17025, for this program may be found within R242 – Specific Requirements: Project 25 (P25) Compliance Accreditation Program.

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