American Association for Laboratory Accreditation

ISO/IEC 17025 for Cannabis Testing Laboratories


In the interest of public health and safety, many states are raising the bar for cannabis testing laboratories by requiring those laboratories to be ISO/IEC 17025 accredited.   This course will provide an introduction to ISO/IEC 17025 and its requirements for demonstrating technical competence of cannabis –testing laboratories.   Throughout this course, participants in the cannabis industry will learn why this standard applies to them and how accreditation improves their visibility and creditability over non-accredited labs.

This course will be presented for the benefit of all interested parties, however there is direct reference as to how the standard applies to cannabis-testing facilities.  You will be introduced to the A2LA accreditation process and will gain insight into the interpretation of the requirements of this international laboratory standard.   Laboratory personnel will learn how implementing the standard will make their labs better; regulatory personnel will understand how the standard can ensure impartial technical competence; and cultivators, producers, and investors will learn how using an accredited laboratory is good for business and good for consumer safety.


  • Course Introduction.
  • What Accreditation Is NOT
  • Registration vs. Accreditation vs. Certification.
  • The international community.
  • How and why the standard applies to cannabis.
  • A2LA Accreditation Process.
  • ISO/IEC 17025:2005 - What the Standard Requires:
    • Documents and Records – what are they and how to discern them in the standard
    • Requirements for a quality manual;
    • Document control;
    • Contracts/Agreements with customers;
    • Purchasing quality-critical services and supplies;
    • Handling complaints and non-conforming work;
    • Corrective and preventive actions;
    • Records maintenance;
    • Internal auditing and management review processes;
    • Personnel training and authorization;
    • Test and calibration procedures;
    • Equipment calibration and maintenance;
    • Traceability to the SI;
    • Sample preparation;
    • Quality control; and
    • Test and calibration reports.
  • A2LA Specific Requirements:
    • Advertising accreditation;
    • Reporting accredited results;
    • Traceability requirements for measurement equipment; and
    • Participation in proficiency testing.



There is no pre-requisite for this course.


Testing laboratory management and quality personnel and Regulators.


There is no exam for this course.


After successful completion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Recall the differences between registration, certification and accreditation;
  • List the steps in the A2LA accreditation process;
  • Implement ISO/IEC 17025:2005 through key word recognition;
  • Identify the documents and records required by ISO/IEC 17025:2005; and
  • Describe the A2LA policies for Traceability, Proficiency Testing and Advertising.


1.6 CEUs Awarded*


The course materials will be presented in an interactive lecture style (50%), as well by using application exercises and role playing (50%).


ISO/IEC 17025:2005 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories


*American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

PLEASE NOTE: A2LA can offer on-site training at your facility. For additional information about this option, please contact Tim Osborne, Senior Director of Training Services, at 301 644 3235 or