October 21, 2019, Frederick, MD – PRESS RELEASE – A2LA has announced the accreditation of both North Coast Analytical Laboratories and North Coast Testing Laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for cannabis testing. Both of these laboratories are located in Streetsboro, Ohio and are A2LA’s first accredited cannabis testing laboratories in the state. North Coast Testing provides testing to service the medical marijuana industry and North Coast Analytical provides testing to service the hemp industry.
“We are extremely proud of the work of our entire team in rapidly developing and implementing a comprehensive quality management program that can give all participants in the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program confidence in the quality and safety of products tested in our laboratory,” said Carolyn Friedrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director at North Coast Testing.
“Our accreditation by A2LA is a testament to our ability to meet the most rigorous quality management standards in analytical testing of hemp products, and a vote of confidence in our team’s ability to perform at the highest levels,” said Nick Szabo, Laboratory Director at North Coast Analytical. “A2LA went above and beyond at every step, and we greatly appreciate their efforts.”
“We congratulate North Coast Analytical Laboratory and North Coast Testing Laboratory for being the first accredited cannabis testing laboratories in the state of Ohio”, said Chris Gunning, Accreditation Services General Manager at A2LA. "Their commitment to excellence was evident in the facilities that they have constructed, the staff they have assembled and the quality system they have implemented. This dedication to quality results will be an asset to customers in Ohio.”
Achieving ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation by A2LA is the pinnacle in third-party laboratory accreditation, as it confirms that laboratories have management, quality, and technical systems in place to ensure accurate and reliable analyses, as well as proper administrative processes to ensure that all aspects related to the sample, the analysis, and the reporting are standardized, measured and monitored.