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A2LA Today l September 2017 l Number 136 By Caitlin Krop, A2LA Accreditation Officer
A2LA Today l September 2017 l Number 136 By Tim Osborne, A2LA Senior Director of Training Services
A2LA held its annual Technical Forum Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd in Reston, VA.
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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently published FCC 16-74 “Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration” (released June 15, 2016), which extends the deadline for all laboratories who perform Certification and Declaration of Conformity (DoC) testing per the FCC rules to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025. The previous deadline to become accredited was set at July 13, 2016, but the FCC has now extended this for an additional one-year period – until July 13, 2017. As directed within publication 16-74, the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has now also released a revised version of its Knowledge Database (KDB) publication “974614 D01 - Accredited Testing Laboratory Program Roles and Responsibilities” (v04).
In recognition of the need for international standards within the cannabis industry, ASTM International held an organization meeting at their headquarters in West Conshohocken, PA on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, with the intent of establishing a new Cannabis Committee. The meeting served as an open forum for all interested stakeholders to voice their ideas for the committee’s framework. It was well attended by approximately 70 individuals from a variety of expertise, including test labs, cultivators, packagers, independent consultants, trade groups, equipment manufacturers, and standards developers. ASTM staff provided exceptional education to the meeting participants by explaining the ASTM standards development process and outlining the background that lead up to the need for a Cannabis Committee.