The medical marijuana testing facility East Coast Labs (Pawtucket RI) received an ISO 17025 accreditation certificate from certificate mill operator Daryl Guberman and his self-accredited G-PMC LLC registrar. G-PMC claims “accreditation” by ABAC, which Guberman also manages, making the resulting certificate worthless in the marketplace due to the overwhelming conflicts of interest.
Worse, East Coast Labs claims to be testing pot for official medical dispensing, alleging it conducts testing to confirm strain strength and to identify potentially toxic contaminants. Under a properly accredited ISO 17025 system, it would be nearly impossible for the tests to fail in this regard, but given the certificate was issued by Guberman — whose previous work experience was as a quality inspector at a plastics factory, and currently acts in community theater — the lab could do anything it likes, and still receive a certificate.
Guberman creates his own standards, then issues certificates with logos of two companies he manages. He was found to have issued certificates for everything from gun manufacturing, Kosher food processing, medical devices, aerospace parts and “small woman owned businesses” and in some cases, issued the certs to companies that had never even purchased a copy of the standard referenced on the certificate. In 2014, as part of a sting operation, Guberman agreed to provide “remote auditing” to issue an ISO 9001 certificate to a fake company that claimed to manufacture life vests lined with lead shot, designed to kill the wearer.
What this means is that East Coast Labs could perform testing however it wants — or not perform any testing at all — and still maintain the accreditation issued by G-PMC. Worse, the products they certify could be dispensed to medical marijuana patients while containing toxic foreign particles, or even ground glass, and the G-PMC accreditation would nevertheless stick.
Oxebridge is working with regulators in the health departments of Rhode Island and Connecticut to determine if any laws were broken, specifically related to fraud and the endangerment of the public.
About Christopher Paris
Christopher Paris is the founder and VP Operations of Oxebridge. He has over 30 years' experience implementing ISO 9001 and AS9100 systems, and is a vocal advocate for the development and use of standards from the point of view of actual users. He is the author of Surviving ISO 9001:2015. He reviews wines for the irreverent wine blog, Winepisser.