Understanding  ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Cannabis Testing Laboratories

Understanding ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Cannabis Testing Laboratories

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In the wake of state legislatures legalizing cannabis for medical use, state regulatory agencies are establishing mechanisms for enforcement and oversight of program requirements for participating patients, growers, and dispensaries.

An integral component of this oversight includes laboratory testing of products as a means for protecting consumer health and ensuring safety. State governments rely on existing recognized accreditation bodies and their laboratory accreditation programs to support this oversight. These accreditation programs can be tailored to specific regulatory needs but are based on international consensus standards (i.e., ISO/IEC 17025). Several states, such as California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Nevada, require accreditation. Many other states are considering ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation as a requirement for testing laboratories.

This one-and-a-half-day training course, Understanding ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Cannabis Testing Laboratories, will help attendees understand and apply the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025. Attendees will examine the origins of the standard and learn practical concepts, such as document control, internal auditing, proficiency testing, traceability, measurement uncertainty, and addressing risks and opportunities. The relationship of general state regulations to ISO/IEC 17025 will also be discussed. Note: Specific state regulations will not be addressed in this course.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the origin of ISO/IEC 17025

  • Learn the benefits of accreditation and the role of accreditation bodies

  • Gain an understanding of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 requirements

  • Discuss the relationship of state regulations to ISO/IEC 17025:2017

Who should attend?

Those potentially seeking accreditation should attend this course. This could include technical, quality, and management personnel who need an overview of the standard. Individuals new to a company can also gain perspective on standard requirements in this course. For more in-depth training, the Internal Auditing to ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17025 Lead Assessor training courses are recommended.

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