Standardizing Cannabis Lab Testing Nationally

Standardizing Cannabis Lab Testing Nationally

As the legal cannabis market continues to expand, and potential federal legalization and inevitable interstate commerce loom on the horizon, it is imperative that federal agencies address the discrepancies among state testing requirements and develop a standardized testing regime. Adoption of national standards will advance public health and safety goals while also facilitating interstate commerce of safe cannabis products.

In this white paper, the National Cannabis Laboratory Council (NCLC) proposes a unified approach to testing based on both data from participating laboratories and scientifically recognized standards. There is a need to transition from a state variable testing program to a harmonized testing scheme to create a baseline for quality testing of cannabis products and allow for interstate commerce while the industry transitions to risk-based testing programs designed by the cultivators and manufacturers. The group further suggests setting national standards governing (1) standard test panels setting forth specific compounds to include in an analysis, (2) sampling requirements and testing methodologies, and (3) lab accreditation and proficiency testing requirements.

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