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Gaining Accreditation and Developing Consensus Methods in the Cannabis Testing Lab


Gaining Accreditation and Developing Consensus Methods in the Cannabis Testing Lab
Dr. Susan Audino
Chemistry Laboratory Consultant, S. A, Audino & Associated, LLC

Cannabis regulatory bodies are increasingly requiring testing laboratories to be ISO/IEC 17025 accredited which is the pinnacle standard of laboratory quality assurance. ISO/IEC 17025 states that labs should “preferably” use standard test methods. Presently there are none for the cannabis industry. In the absence of standard, official, and compendial methods, ISO/IEC 17025 requires labs to develop and validate in-house methods. In those cases where regulatory bodies require ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation before issuing business licenses, method validation and method verification are at best, challenging for the laboratory and the accreditation body. 

In this webinar Dr Audino will discuss the basic parameters that should be characterized when validating and verifying analytical methods. Further, the fundamental differences between method validation and method verification will be covered, and the conditions under which each will be required. Finally, a status update on the development of consensus analytical methods will be provided.

You will learn about:

  • How to tackle the requirement for accreditation before opening a laboratory
  • When method validation is necessary for a 17025 accredited laboratory
  • Method validation and verification
  • The latest developments in consensus methods for cannabis analysis

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