ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Cannabis Testing Laboratories (MS 113)

Throughout this course participants from the cannabis industry, (e.g. growers, regulators, testing laboratories) will learn how and why the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard applies to them and how accreditation improves the visibility, creditability, and safety of the cannabis industry. This course is presented for the benefit of all industry stakeholders, however, its basis is for application in cannabis testing facilities.

Course Content

  • Course Introduction.
  • What Accreditation Is NOT
  • Registration vs. Accreditation vs. Certification.
  • The international community.
  • How and why the standard applies to cannabis.
  • A2LA Accreditation Process.
  • ISO/IEC 17025:2017 - What the Standard Requires:
    • Documents and Records – what are they and how to discern them in the standard
    • Requirements for a quality manual;
    • Document control;
    • Contracts/Agreements with customers;
    • Purchasing quality-critical services and supplies;
    • Handling complaints and non-conforming work;
    • Corrective and preventive actions;
    • Records maintenance;
    • Internal auditing and management review processes;
    • Personnel training and authorization;
    • Test and calibration procedures;
    • Equipment calibration and maintenance;
    • Traceability to the SI;
    • Sample preparation;
    • Quality control; and
    • Test and calibration reports.
  • A2LA Specific Requirements:
    • Advertising accreditation;
    • Reporting accredited results;
    • Traceability requirements for measurement equipment; and
    • Participation in proficiency testing.



Target Attendees

Target learners include Cannabis Testing Laboratory Directors, Managers, Auditors, Engineers, Scientists, or Technicians.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course, the participant will be able to: 

1. Describe the process-based approach of the Standard;
2. Explain new concepts in 17025:2017 such as:
a. Continual Improvement (using PDCA and KPIs);
b. Verification and Validation;
c. Decision Rules;
d. Principles of Impartiality; and
e. Risk Based Thinking
3. Analyze scenarios to identify non-conformities, risks, and opportunities related to the new requirements in the standard;
4. Analyze sample calibration records to demonstrate metrological traceability; and
5. List the areas where documents and records are required under the new Standard.


CEUs Awarded

1.4 CEUs Awarded*


Presentation Style

The course materials will be presented in an interactive lecture style (50%), as well by using application exercises and role playing (50%).


A legal, authorized copy of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard will be provided to each participant.


*American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.



March 23, 2020 – March 24, 2020
Los Angeles, CA
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

June 1, 2020 – June 2, 2020
Denver, CO
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

July 21, 2020 – July 22, 2020
Atlantic City, NJ
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

August 18, 2020 – August 19, 2020
Orlando, FL
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

October 14, 2020 – October 15, 2020
Philadelphia, PA
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for public training courses will close 7 days prior to the start date.
A2LA can offer on-site training at your facility. For additional information about this option, please submit a quote request here.