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Viridis Laboratories achieves major accreditation for second laboratory at Bay City location
Scientific testing methods practiced by Viridis promote safety, quality of cannabis products
BAY CITY, Mich. – Viridis Laboratories today announced its Bay City location has received accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 and the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) requirements, the highest accreditation awarded to cannabis testing laboratories, and a Patient Focused Certification (PFC) through the Americans for Safe Access. Viridis is the only cannabis testing laboratory system in Michigan to be accredited and certified to these additional requirements for cannabis testing laboratories.
The Bay City location received its accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), the leading cannabis testing accrediting body in the United States.
“As cannabis continues to be legalized in states across the country, it has never been more important to promote health and safety by providing consistent, safe and high-quality cannabis products to patients and adult-use consumers,” said Greg Michaud, CEO of Viridis Laboratories.
“A2LA’s revered accreditation program confirms Viridis’ commitment to providing cutting-edge, accurate testing as Michigan’s premier cannabis testing laboratory and ensures companies provide products consistently free of harmful chemicals and foreign matter. We are truly honored that our dedication to excellence and high standards has allowed us to receive this prestigious accreditation.”
Laboratory accreditation is a lengthy process of independent, third-party review that validates Viridis’ continued commitment to quality assurance throughout its operations.
With both the Lansing and Bay City laboratories A2LA-accredited and PFC certified, the labs’ customers will have greater confidence in the safety and concentration of their cannabis products.
“A2LA’s optional cannabis-specific program requirements, originally developed by the American Herbal Products Association and adopted by ASA, allow cannabis testing laboratories to stand out among their competitors,” said Anna Williams, accreditation supervisor at A2LA. “A2LA is the only Accreditation Body to offer optional cannabis-specific program requirements for cannabis and hemp testing laboratories, and we applaud Viridis for their commitment to scientific rigor, high standards and excellence.”
After more than 75 years of combined experience working with Michigan State Police forensic scientists, the founders of Viridis Laboratories created a business model and approach that could meet A2LA’s rigorous accreditation program specializing in cannabis.
A2LA’s expertise and reputation allow Viridis customers to put their trust in the company’s testing methods that produce accurate, quality-driven results. The credibility and confidence that comes from A2LA’s accreditation is unparalleled. Along with PFC’s status as the first cannabis compliance company to receive ISO 17065 accreditation, this dual accreditation sets Viridis apart.
Deemed essential by the state of Michigan, Viridis Laboratories has worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help ensure the safety of cannabis products making their way to the retail market.
In compliance with Michigan’s regulations, Viridis Laboratories maintains sterile laboratory environments and utilizes personal protective equipment both in the field collecting samples – which Viridis is also fully accredited in (only laboratory system to be so) – and during laboratory analysis.
Ensuring Health and Safety Within The Cannabis Industry
Viridis Laboratories is the leading provider of cannabis testing in Michigan and uses the latest technology and scientific methods to help promote the health and safety of patients and adult-use consumers.