Why COLA?

COLA, Inc. is a physician-directed organization* whose purpose is to promote health and safety through accreditation and educational programs.  For more than thirty years, COLA has accredited clinical laboratories to ensure compliance with complex federal and state regulations. Through our ISO 17025 accreditation program, cannabis laboratories can now benefit from COLA’s streamlined accreditation process, knowledge of regulatory expectations and extensive expertise in analytical and microbiology laboratories.  With our mission to promote health and safety as the driving force of everything we do, COLA is a unique voice in the cannabis laboratory accreditation market.

*COLA’s Board of Directors are appointed by the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP).

What does it mean to enroll with COLA?

By enrolling in COLA and achieving accreditation your laboratory demonstrates conformity to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard, as is required by many states to obtain a license to perform cannabis compliance testing.

Cannabis testing accreditation

Program Benefits that lead to your laboratory’s success

Starting a cannabis laboratory is no small undertaking involving the right hiring, effective training, appropriate test method and instrument selection, method validation, regulatory compliance, licensing, marketing, sales, management and so much more.  That is why it makes sense to incorporate how you will implement ISO 17025 requirements right into your business plan.  Designing ISO into your start-up rather than retrofitting your laboratory operation to meet ISO later will save you time and serve as the most ideal readiness step on your path to accreditation.

COLA appreciates how important it is to your bottom line to successfully complete your initial assessment and receive accreditation as quickly as possible.  In states where provisional accreditation is not available, we understand that scheduling your initial assessment is a business imperative and top priority.  When you are ready, COLA will be there for you.

Key benefits you receive by enrolling in COLA

  • Customer confidence in your commitment to excellence
  • Streamlined and standardized accreditation process
  • Prompt survey scheduling
  • Ease of transition from current accreditor to COLA
  • Excellent customer service
  • Full-time, impartial assessors
  • Expertise ensuring patient safety

As an established cannabis laboratory, you have a choice of organizations that can evaluate your laboratory for conformity to ISO 17025.  COLA is the only provider of ISO 17025 accreditation services focused exclusively on cannabis laboratories.  We are here for you today and every day.

You may have questions about the value and cost benefits of accreditation with COLA.  You may have a need for information about the essential steps you can take to make the transition.  If you are making a transition, you will not be starting over but simply continue with COLA wherever you are in your ISO journey with accompanied custom pricing to meet your unique situation.

Just click on the green button below and a representative will call you to schedule an introduction and orient you to the enrollment and transition process to determine if COLA is right for you.