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Cannabis laboratories report

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.
 

Report to the Legislature

The 2018 – 2019 budget included a proviso that directed us to develop a report for the Legislature that provides recommendations for cannabis lab accreditation. We were authorized to begin this work in July 2018 and are required to submit the report to the Legislature in January 2019. 

We’re currently researching appropriate protocols and accreditation standards to ensure recommendations meet state certification requirements. Part of our research has included working closely with the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board to understand the current process for a cannabis lab to become certified. Our report will also entail what it would take for Ecology to become the official agency for the state to certify cannabis labs. 
How can I get involved in the Legislative Cannabis Labs Accreditation Report? Will the Cannabis Labs Accreditation Report set new standards for cannabis products? What is the timeline for the report? When will the report be open to public comment?

Draft report

This report is like many of the other legislatively-directed reports that we develop and doesn't have a formal public process. However, we plan to engage with the testing laboratories to discuss our process and share the results of our research and our draft recommendations.
Blue bar labeled Cannabis Accreditation Recommendation Report estimated timeline, shows Work begins— July 2 to report due Jan. 15, 2019. Sept. — Labs briefed on process and Oct. — Draft report shared.

About accreditation

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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