Melanie Ross

ANSI National Accreditation Board
Training Products Specialist

Session Title: Selecting the Right Lab in Oklahoma; The Benefits of Accreditation

Time: April 4th, 1:15 – 2:15 PM
Location: Seminar Room #3

Professional Summary

Melanie has over 15 years of experience in quality assurance, quality control, and quality management. She has worked in a variety of industries, including chemical, biological, oil and gas, and aerospace, developing quality management systems, including internal audit programs, vendor qualification procedures, and implementation of lean six sigma.

Melanie is a certified lead assessor for ISO/IEC 17025 and has performed accreditation assessments for cannabis testing laboratories in Nevada and California. Currently, Melanie is a Training Products Specialist with the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) developing training on ISO/IEC 17025, cannabis testing accreditation, and other quality topics, such as measurement uncertainty and quality control methods. ANAB accredits cannabis testing laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

Session Abstract

Testing of cannabis products is necessary to demonstrate that the products are safe for consumption and free from harmful levels of contaminants and adulterants. Demand for testing laboratories is growing as many states have legalized medical marijuana and some have implemented specific mandates for testing protocols. Laboratories that perform analytical testing of cannabis and cannabis-derived products can become accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 for a variety of relevant tests, including cannabinoid content, terpene profile, microbiological contaminants, and residual solvents.

ISO/IEC 17025 specifies general requirements for the competence to carry out tests. It covers testing using standard methods, as well as laboratory-developed methods. Laboratory accreditation can demonstrate the laboratory's ability to produce precise and accurate test data, as well as ensure technical expertise is maintained.

Selecting an accredited laboratory to perform testing on cannabis products benefits the growers and dispensaries, as well. Accredited laboratories generate reliable, consistent results, backed by quality control testing, method validation, measurement uncertainty, and proficiency testing.

Key takeaways:

  1. Benefits of laboratory accreditation
  2. Ensuring the quality of test results through laboratory accreditation
  3. Selecting an accredited laboratory