Accreditation for Cannabis Testing

Accreditation is a process in which a laboratory or testing facility is evaluated against a set of standards to ensure that it is competent to perform a specific type of testing. In the case of cannabis testing, accreditation is often required by state or local regulatory agencies to ensure that the results of cannabis testing are accurate and reliable.

Accreditation for Cannabis Testing

Accredited cannabis testing laboratories are typically required to undergo regular audits and evaluations to ensure that they continue to meet the necessary standards. This helps to ensure that the results of cannabis testing are consistently reliable and accurate, which is important for both consumers and regulators.

We are the leader in cannabis accreditation, offering accreditation to laboratories performing analytical testing of cannabis and cannabis-derived products, such as flowers, concentrates, butters/waxes, drinks, tinctures, oils and edibles, as well as hemp and hemp-derived products.

Our Cannabis Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program was developed to promote confidence to users and regulators with regard to the safety of medical and recreational marijuana through the accreditation of cannabis testing laboratories and (when relevant) inspection bodies.

Appropriate testing is critical to demonstrate that these products do not contain harmful levels of contaminants or adulterants and are safe for public consumption.

Specific testing may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Cannabinoid testing and content (CBC, CBD, CBDa, CBG, CBN, THC, THCa, THCv, etc.)
  • Terpene profile
  • Pesticides/fungicides/plant growth regulators
  • Residual solvents
  • Heavy metals
  • Microbiological contaminants (mold, insects, bacteria, etc.)

Laboratories can also be accredited for the sampling associated with subsequent testing. We can accredit laboratories for hemp testing prior to cannabis being legalized in their state or in lieu of/addition to cannabis testing.

Confidence in the laboratories that perform this testing, and assurance in the test results, is possible through accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. The ISO/IEC 17025 standard is non-prescriptive and flexible, allowing the organization maximum flexibility in determining what works best for their business needs.

Program Requirements

Cannabis testing laboratories are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 and any additional requirements that may be specified by the state in which the laboratory resides or does business. Cannabis testing laboratories may select one of two tracks for this accreditation.

The accreditation tracks both provide independent, third-party accreditation assessments crafted to serve both the medical cannabis and recreational adult-use markets. These tracks are as follows:

  • ISO/IEC 17025 as the primary framework, along with any additional, state-specific requirements
  • ISO/IEC 17025 and the additional accreditation requirements derived from the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) Patient Focused Certification (PFC) Program for testing laboratories.

Get Accredited

Accreditation by U.S. Accreditation will boost the profile of your business and demonstrate its commitment to being a quality education provider, respected worldwide.