August 30, 2019, Frederick, MD – PRESS RELEASE – A2LA has announced the accreditation of Legend Technical Services, Inc. to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for industrial hemp testing. Legend Technical Services is based in St. Paul, Minn., and is currently the only cannabis testing laboratory accredited in the state.  Legend Technical Services is not only accredited for medical cannabis testing, but they are currently performing all industrial hemp testing for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. 

“Our A2LA accreditation has opened up many new opportunities for us to expand our testing capabilities, including industrial hemp”, said Carissa Prekker, Business Development Specialist of Legend Technical Services. “We pride ourselves in being the preferred testing laboratory for the Minnesota Industrial Hemp Pilot Program (IHPP) and for offering these services to other industrial hemp growers and processors. In doing so, we have built strong relationships throughout Minnesota with other hemp businesses.” Gregg Schiltz, Laboratory Director of Global Organic Distro, stated, “As a company, we want to be as transparent as possible. Having an accredited lab like Legend Technical Services, gives us the ability to be completely forthcoming with consumers. It’s good to know that we can rely on them for precise and accurate data that defends the quality and integrity of our products.”

“Legend Technical Services has been an A2LA customer since 2009 and is very well respected in Minnesota,” said Trace McInturff, Vice President of Accreditation Services. “As the only hemp testing laboratory recognized by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, we are proud they have chosen to expand their A2LA accreditation to include hemp testing. We are also very proud to add yet another state to the ever-growing list of states that are relying upon A2LA as their accreditation body.”

Achieving ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation by A2LA is the pinnacle in third-party laboratory accreditation, as it confirms that laboratories have management, quality and technical systems in place to ensure accurate and reliable analyses, as well as proper administrative processes to ensure that all aspects related to the sample, the analysis, and the reporting are standardized, measured, and monitored.”