As Nevada begins its transition to an adult-use market, 374 Labs, a licensed Sparks, Nevada-based cannabis testing laboratory, has become the first cannabis testing lab in the state to earn ISO 17025 accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization, Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports.
Dr. Jeff Angermann, assistant professor at the Reno School of Community Health Services, said the accreditation is “a requirement of top testing laboratories in all industries from biotech to forensics in most major countries.”
374 Labs helped develop the testing structure employed by the Nevada Division of Public Health and the state Department of Agriculture. The round-robin system takes samples and has each state-certified lab perform a full analysis in order to ensure a consistent and thorough testing process.
“In other states proficiency involves testing pre-prepared, purified samples and neglects the challenges of coaxing out delicate analytes from the complex array of compounds found in actual marijuana,” Laboratory Director Jason Strull said in the report. “I commend the DPBH and NDA for facilitating such an advanced quality program.”
The lab also participates in the Clean Green program, which applies the requirements of the USDA organic certification to the cannabis agency.
“Nevada allows certain levels of pesticides like Myclobutanil on its certified marijuana, so we wanted a way for patients and consumers to able to distinguish marijuana that is grown using organic methods,” Strull said.
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