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Cannabis Laboratory Accreditation Recommendations

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19-03-004February 2019
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Author(s) Sekerak, Sara
Description In 2018, the Washington State Legislature directed the Washington State Department of Ecology to research and develop preliminary recommendations for protocols and accreditation standards for cannabis testing laboratories.

The legalization of cannabis use in Washington has resulted in the availability of a number of cannabis products throughout the state. To ensure that consumers have access to safe and properly labeled products, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and the Department of Health require products to be tested by an accredited laboratory.

Accreditation is formal recognition of conformity to a standard. An accredited laboratory is capable of providing accurate and defensible data according to established laboratory quality standards. Accreditation requires evaluation of a laboratory’s quality system, staff, facilities and equipment, test methods, records, and reports. The testing of cannabis products by accredited laboratories provides confidence that the products are properly evaluated, resulting in safe consumer products.

In consultation with Washington State Department of Health and Washington State Department of Agriculture, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board must establish accreditation requirements for cannabis testing laboratories. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board or its designee accredits cannabis testing laboratories according to Chapter 314-55 WAC. Currently, cannabis testing laboratories are evaluated by a private accreditation provider, RJ Lee, under contract with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.
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Keywords cannabis, Legislative Report, legislative, legislative report, laboratory, laboratory accreditation
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