The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recently implemented a set of temporary rules effective through June 28thof this year with the goal to establish a set of regulations for cannabis testing by October 1st. The most impactful rule changes include The NELAC Institute (TNI) mandatory standards for laboratories that the Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ORELAP) will use to accredit labs. Initial rules in the Oregon medical cannabis program, HB 3460 from 2013, did not specify accreditation rules for cannabis testing. ORELAP currently performs accreditation for lab testing under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. The new cannabis testing rules will give ORELAP the authority to accredit and regulate cannabis labs in the state of Oregon.
This is a real win for us in my opinion because now we have an agency that can issue the appropriate credentials as well as have the authority to make punitive measures.
Rodger Voelker, lab director at OG Analytical laboratory
Read Aaron Biros’ “New Cannabis Lab Rules In Oregon Aim to Curb Fraud”: https://www.cannabisindustryjournal.com/feature_article/new-cannabis-lab-rules-in-oregon-aim-to-curb-fraud/