CONSISTENCY: We work very hard to ensure quality and consistency for each batch of hemp extract that is used to create our products; however, due to the nature of the organic components in our hemp extract, we cannot always ensure a visual consistency with each batch — this means that some batches will have a lighter or darker color than others. Hemp is a commodity, so even batches from the same crop will have variances from each other. This does not affect the quality of the hemp extract — it is normal for there to be visual differences from each batch to the next. Unlike many others, we don’t synthetically process our hemp extract; this means that we don’t use harsh, toxic chemicals that strip the essential compounds from the plant so that our extract is able to retain the majority of its raw, natural components.
This new comprehensive testing panel covers a range of cannabinoids, pesticides, microbiological contaminants, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and residual solvents, combining each individual state’s requirements. With the lack of parity between states, the test is a harmonization of regulations that also takes into account emerging contaminants. The panel can also be customized to meet test methods or quality standards from organizations like United States Pharmacopeia (USP), American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP).
“Although these expanded offerings are targeted for hemp, they are also relevant to our cannabis clients who want to go beyond compliance regulations,” said Gray. “As more companies aim to expand products nationally, we saw a need for testing at a universal level, so we poured our efforts into the development of a test that would meet those needs. It’s paid off because we have several national brands that are implementing the test panel as the quality assurance standard for their line of hemp-derived CBD products.”
According to SC Labs CEO Jeff Gray, “As an industry, we’ve been advocating for national, standardized, and transparent testing regulations for years now. The government has been slow to respond, so we decided it was time to act. The test we’ve created meets or exceeds the requirements of most states and that will give consumers greater peace of mind. No one else can say that right now.”
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., June 14, 2021 – PRESS RELEASE – SC Laboratories, Inc. (SC Labs) today announced that the company has received ISO (International Organization for Standardization) accreditation for a comprehensive hemp/CBD testing panel that combines the regulatory requirements of all states that publish hemp testing rules. At present, there are no federally required testing regulations for hemp, and each state has its own set of requirements, making it difficult for consumers to navigate the safety of products and for companies to qualify products beyond individual state standards. SC Labs now offers a suite of tests that target state-specific requirements for multiple states and a Comprehensive Test Panel that targets a complete list of contaminants and active constituents at the lowest action limits as required by each state.
SC Labs is currently licensed in California, Oregon, Texas, and Colorado (pending), so cannabis operators in those states will benefit from this comprehensive panel with assurance that products meet all state requirements. Depending on compliance regulations in other states, producers may use this test for quality assurance purposes prior to testing at a state-licensed laboratory for each state as required.
The test, which just received ISO accreditation, meets the regulatory requirements of all states that have published hemp testing rules.
The test meets the hemp testing standards of states with requirements in terms of action limits and analytes for contaminants including pesticides, heavy metals, microbiology, mycotoxins, residual solvents, and water activity. This does not apply to inhalable hemp sample types.
SC Labs’ bundled quality assurance (QA) test package options target a complete list of contaminants (all ISO accredited), address multiple state hemp testing requirements, and meet quality testing standards from organizations like USP 1 , AHPA 2 , and AHP 3 ).
Our hemp/CBD test solutions empower you to develop quality hemp products while staying one step ahead of test standards and regulations. While testing for THC levels is a federal requirement at pre-harvest, safety tests are now being required in many states. Establishing a strategic partnership with a testing laboratory is more important than ever.
Let a SC Labs Sales Representative help you tailor a program that meets your quality and state testing requirements. Contact us online or call 866-435-0709.