THE TRACEABILITY SYSTEM IS CHANGING. Starting on November first, major changes to the Washington State MJ Traceability system will begin. Here are the important things you need to know about QA compliance testing with Confidence during the transition.
There will not be any period of time when you cannot manifest samples to our lab, and our lab will continue operating as normal. Our website will continue to be the official repository test results and Certificates of Analysis.
HOW DOES TRACEABILITY DOWNTIME AFFECT MY QA SAMPLES AT CONFIDENCE?
Most samples will not be affected by the traceability interruption when they are tested at Confidence.
If you make extracts using flower that has already passed QA, you will need to notify us of samples that meet this criteria, otherwise we will default to running the mycotoxin analysis. Unless you explicitly tell us otherwise, we will assume that all required tests are requested on a 502 compliance sample.
The Confidence Analytics website will continue to be your official source of QA results. All results and Certificates of Analysis will remain available via our website despite any traceability downtime that may occur. You will not be able to access your test results using the traceability system if the traceability system goes down, but we’ve got your back.
As always, we encourage you to use our website, not just for reviewing and downloading results, but also for printing labels for your samples. Using our website to print QA sample labels will not only help you maintain compliance with sample labeling, it will also help us expedite your samples’ process by facilitating our data entry requirements. Using our website to print sample labels may result in faster turn-times from us.
HOW HAS CONFIDENCE PREPARED FOR TRACEABILITY DOWNTIME?
At Confidence, we’re lucky enough to employ our own in house engineering team that includes professional software developers. You can rest assured your results will continue to be provided to the State in a fast and compliant manner using any format the WSLCB specifies at any given time.
HOW HAS CONFIDENCE PREPARED FOR THE NEW LEAF DATASYSTEM?
Confidence has been working with Leaf and other 3rd party integrators for weeks now, testing their API and providing feedback. Unlike the previous vendor, the Leaf Datasystem will be providing QA labs with a standardized Application Programming Interface (API). Working with interfaces like these is something our software team does on a daily basis. While the State seems off to a bit of a rocky start, we’re optimistic the bumps can be smoothed out in time. We are ready for the changes.
Training for Leaf Data
User training is available for producer processors ahead of the change. Be sure to check the schedule at https://lcb.wa.gov/marj/leaftrainingforlicensees and sign up ASAP to make sure you get a spot.
Traceability System Access
Be sure to sign up for a Secure Access Washington (SAW) account to interface with Leaf Data. For those that do not use a paid software to access traceability, this will be your portal to the free version. There have been some releases and tools for developers already made available for those who want a sneak peek at the new system ahead of the roll out date. Details on how to sign up for your SAW account is available here: https://lcb.wa.gov/marj/mj-traceability
Backup Your Data
There are some significant differences in how lot numbers, product types, and the like will look in the new system. Be sure you backup your data before the change so you don’t lose anything! The guys over at WeedTraqr have created a tool to help licensees backup their data ahead of the change, whether you use WeedTraqr or not, the tool is available here https://dump.openthc.com
To stay up to date with the state of the changeover, we recommend paying attention to the following resources:
LCB Traceability FAQ: https://lcb.wa.gov/marj/mj-traceability-faq
I502 Google Group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/502cannabis
The WSLCB Email ListServ: https://lcb.wa.gov/content/get-email-notifications-0