Book:Past, Present, and Future of Cannabis Laboratory Testing and Regulation in the United States/Laboratory testing of cannabis/Laboratory accreditation

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3.3 Laboratory accreditation

Chapter two briefly discussed the accreditation of a cannabis testing laboratory, but a bit more should be said. As was mentioned prior, cannabis labs and their relevant tests are typically accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. This includes the likes of the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)[1] and the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).[2] However, through the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) and its Cannabis Working Group (CWG), a specific national standard for cannabis lab accreditation is beginning to take shape. Referred to as CanNaLap (Cannabis National Laboratory Accreditation Program) and based on ISO/IEC 17025, the national standard has been developed "as a mechanism to ensure the effective performance of all cannabis testing labs operating in the United States."[3] Additionally, the ACIL also seeks for the FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to "support and endorse" CanNaLap "as a means to establish standards of competency for testing market participants."[3] ANAB has already begun to address CanNaLap as part of its supplemental accreditation requirements[1], though time will tell if CanNaLap becomes a fully adopted national accreditation standard in the U.S.[4]