April 21, 2021

On demand coming soon.

4-hour online class
Members: USD $316.00
Non-Members: USD $395.00


Laboratory accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 represents an international gold standard for laboratory quality assurance. The standard applies to many types of laboratories such as calibration, textile, feed, food, petroleum, metals, and even cannabis. Many cannabis regulatory bodies now require cannabis testing laboratories to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 and expect that accreditation will ensure appropriate and competent testing. This session will provide a broad overview of the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard and will highlight common obstacles and difficulties the cannabis laboratory will need to consider in their quality management systems.


The course will be led by Susan Audino, PhD – S.A. Audino & Associates, Consultant

Target Audience

  • Cannabis Laboratory Regulatory Bodies
  • Cannabis Laboratory Owners
  • Laboratory Personnel Seeking Broad Understanding of ISO/IEC 17025

Course Content

  • Brief History and Applicability of ISO
  • Overview and Intent of 17025:2017
  • Intent and Requirements of each section
    • General Requirements
    • Structural Requirements
    • Resource Requirements
    • Process Requirements
    • Management System Requirements
  • Challenges Specific to Cannabis Labs
    • Proficiency Testing
    • Standard Test Methods
    • Matrix-matched Reference Materials
  • Accreditation Process
  • Limitations and Misconceptions of ISO/IEC 17025
  • Live Questions and Answers

Key Learning Concepts

Upon conclusion of this training session, participants will:

  • Understand the basic intent of ISO/IEC 17025
  • Understand the difference between certification and accreditation
  • Know the minimal compliance requirements of ISO/IEC 17025
  • Know pathway toward accreditation
  • Be aware of challenges and risks associated with testing cannabis
  • Be aware of expectations and limitations of accredited laboratories


  1. Slide Deck (electronic)
  2. Applicable References and Resources
  3. Certificate of Attendance
  4. Code for Discount Public Class by A2LA WorkPlace Training       

About the Presenter

Susan Audino

Dr. Susan Audino is a chemist/chemometrician and independent consultant to chemical and biological laboratories. As a contractor for Accreditation Bodies, Dr. Audino assesses laboratories to and is an instructor for multiple ISO/IEC standards including ISO 17025. In addition to serving as science advisor to the AOAC International Cannabis Analytical Science Program (CASP), she was a contributing member of the NCIA Guide for Laboratory Testing, is a faculty member of Teachable Medicine, Board Member of Hood College, Board Member of The Center for Research on Environmental Medicine, advisor to Emerald Scientific, board member of cannabis/hemp testing laboratories, and has been an invited speaker at many domestic and international scientific conferences. Dr. Audino is principal at S. Audino & Associates, LLC, principal at RWD, LLC, principal at Executive Quality Management, LLC, has several patents pending, and is a contributing author to Cannabis Laboratory Fundamentals to by published by Springer-Nature.