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Maintaining Regulatory Compliance In The Cannabis Lab

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Government standards and regulations keep the general public safe by ensuring that companies operate using good standard practices and produce high-quality, safe products for general sale.

But for cannabis products, this trusted process breaks down.

Unlike other consumable products in America, cannabis is not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the federal government considers it a Schedule 1 controlled substance that has no federally recognized medical benefits and a supposedly high potential for abuse. In the absence of federal oversight, states with legal medical and/or recreational cannabis systems are left to create their own systems, that will safely regulate cannabis products within their borders.

The result is a patchwork of regulation, where rules governing cannabis testing can differ significantly across state lines. Some states focus on mandating specific cannabis testing regimens, such as potent testing and foreign material contamination screening. Whereas others also require labs to achieve official accreditation – such as the ISO/IEC 17025 standard for testing laboratories – in order to comply with their regulations. 

Navigating these regulations and working out exactly what is required to comply with local cannabis testing regulations is one of the most complex obstacles to new cannabis testing facilities and existing laboratories, who are looking to pivot into the cannabis testing space.

Typical cannabis testing requirements

Source: https://www.analyticalcannabis.com/articles/maintaining-regulatory-compliance-in-the-cannabis-lab-311940

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