Accrediting labs is core work for us. We accredit nearly 500 labs throughout Washington and across the nation. Because we have expertise in lab accreditation, we were recently directed by the Legislature to research protocols and accreditation standards for cannabis testing laboratories.
Laboratory test results impact many areas of our daily lives — assurance of safe drinking water, food safety, health care, environmental monitoring, providing energy, mineral exploration, and various production processes. Government agencies and others rely on the competence of laboratories to deliver the results on which important decisions are made. Accreditation enhances public confidence in those test results and is a tool to show that labs are capable to producing accurate data.
We already administer an established environmental and drinking water laboratory accreditation program, where nearly 500 laboratories are currently accredited. Our experience in running a laboratory accreditation program will be leveraged to provide our recommendations in our report to the Legislature.
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