About

About

Eastern Analytical Lab’s mission is to provide the best cannabis and hemp testing service in the industry.
We combine a passion for analytical chemistry with the human elements of user-safety and customer satisfaction to deliver on our promise of being the best. Eastern Employees

Michael Doub

Michael Doub has enjoyed a diverse professional path working in both the life sciences and manufacturing. Before coming to Eastern Analytical Labs, Michael co-founded Aireon Therapeutics Inc. where he served as CEO. He has a successful record of building operational systems and high-performing teams that drive organizational growth from concept to commercialization. Michael has a BA in Biology from Hood College, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and Operational Efficiency Certifications from Villanova University.

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Xiaofeng Bao, PhD

Dr. Bao is a senior scientist, and the Technical Leader for Eastern Analytical Labs. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Nanjing University of Science & Technology in 1999 and 2002, and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 2007. Following a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Ohio State University Medical Center (2007-2008), and an additional over two years research fellow at the National Institutes of Health (2008-2011), he became an associate professor at the Nanjing University of Science & Technology, China (2011-2019), where he was at the forefront of teaching and research in bioanalytical and bioorganic medicinal chemistry. Dr. Bao has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers (H-index: 22) and owns 15 patents in bioanalytical chemistry.

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Sarah Needham

Sarah comes to Eastern Analytical Labs with her Master’s in Science (May 2021) from the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy. She is part of the first graduating class of its kind in the United States, studying Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics. Sarah was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honor society.

Before joining Eastern Analytical Labs as the Quality Assurance Specialist, Sarah worked for Wegmans Food Market for 16 years, the last 7 as the Food Safety Coordinator. During this time, she was lead POC for over 30 corporate, county, state, and federal assessments maintaining a top 20 position out of 100 in the company. In 2018, she was in the top 10 of all stores. Sarah is very patient-focused and believes that we can provide the best and safest medicine by practicing good science. She is looking forward to merging her love and experience in QA in the food industry with the needs of the cannabis medical market patient.

FAQs

Are you accredited and licensed?

Accreditation through A2LA and licensed through MMCC and DEA

Do you do volume discounts?

Yes, we offer volume discounts. Call EAL to discuss your program needs.

Do you have a quality Assurance Program?

Yes. You will find this information below, in the QA section.

Do you pick up or do I drop off my samples? Do your results show Delta 8 THC?

It is not required by the MMCC but is part of the matrix that we report.

Do you test edibles?

In April 2021, the definition of edibles changed. Pursuant to COMAR 10.62.01.01B(15), any “medical cannabis product intended for human consumption by oral ingestion…that dissolve[s] or disintegrate[s] in the mouth,” will be recategorized as an edible cannabis product and subject to regulation under COMAR 10.62.37.

We will be providing this service soon, call for more information.

What is the turnaround time for testing?

Currently our turnaround times are changing due to the addition of the changes to microbial testing methods in the new MMCC Technical Authority. We will update this method as soon as we have a definitive turnaround time.

What products do we test?

Products containing cannabinoids including but not limited to: flower, concentrates, pre-rolls, tinctures, vape oil, topicals, patches, & capsules.

What tests do you offer?

We offer all of the tests required by the MMCC (Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission MMCC_TechnicalAuthority-Final-12-15-20.pdf (maryland.gov)): Potency, Terpenes, Residual Solvents, Heavy Metals, Pesticides, Mycotoxins, Microbiological Impurities (including Mold and Yeast), Excipients ie: Vitamin E Acetate, Water Activity, Homogeneity, pH and Stability Testing.

If you need testing beyond the scope of what is mandated by MMCC such as R&D contact us directly for more information.

Who can submit samples for testing?

Currently MMCC licensed growers and processors.

Quality Assurance

Science Driven – Patient Focused

At Eastern Analytical Labs, we believe that good science leads to reliable results. We follow all the ISO/ISE 17025:2017, A2LA, Federal, and MMCC requirements for cannabis testing. The safety of the end-user patient drives our process.  This includes:

 

Equipment – All testing equipment is maintained to the highest standards. There are three levels of acceptable maintenance: Operational Qualifications (OQ), Performance Qualifications (PQ) and System Stability Check (SST).  At Eastern, our equipment is Operational Qualified at the highest level to ensure our systems function like new.

Laboratory Personnel – Our personnel is highly-educated and well-trained.  (See their bio’s).  In addition, our lab team goes through regular proficiency testing on all methods used.

Quality Control of Samples – Each process is fully documented as to how to conduct the test, including pre-testing calibration, and each employee is required to follow the process. This ensures repeatability, correct extraction, measurement, and results and that there is no carryover from previous analysis.

Reference Materials and Chemicals Used – The safety and quality of the materials used are of prime importance.  At Eastern, we only use materials supplied by qualified, reputable, certified, and accredited suppliers.  In addition, EAL audits its suppliers regularly to ensure compliance.

 

For additional information about our systems and processes to ensure quality and safety contact our QA/QC Specialist at sarah@testwitheastern.com.