ISO 17025:2017 is the standard global quality management system (QMS) for calibration and testing labs. ISO 17025 builds on the concepts of ISO 9000 and 9001 by adding specific technical expectations and requirements to the QMS. The standard procedures of the ISO 17025 QMS will enable a competent and trained lab staff to deliver accurate results for the accredited test methods. An accredited ISO 17025 QMS will generate a competitive advantage because the lab’s accuracy of their testing results and efficiency of their operational processes will be attractive to potential customers. Because of the high standards of the ISO 17025 requirements, a high number of first-time applicants struggle to successfully gain accreditation. An experienced QMS consulting provider, like Perry Johnson Consulting, Inc., can provide the advice and guidance to the lab to properly navigate the requirements of the standards.
ISO 17025 for cannabis labs
The legalization of cannabis in the United States and Canada helped to create an industry that relies on accurate, high quality testing to ensure the safety and potency of the cannabis made available to people who benefit from its medicinal properties. Due to the variances inherent in a natural product, the need for this accurate and high-quality data will always be a necessity. ISO 17025 is an excellent choice for a QMS for cannabis testing labs. The coverage, completeness, and rigor of the standards will help ensure that the lab delivers the data required by customers, and provides an extra layer of confidence in the results produced by the lab. The commitment to quality results will help accredited labs win and retain customers in this new and competitive market landscape.
ISO 17025 accredited methods in the following areas will be important to have a full-service cannabis lab:
- Cannabinoid content and potency
- Terpene identity and content
- Microbiological contaminants
- Residual solvents
- Heavy metals
- Pesticide testing
- Ability to analyze matrices like oils, beauty and skin care products, beverages, edibles, capsules, creams, and patches