As of January 1st, 2018, SC Labs offers two main categories of testing services in California: Compliance and R&D.
What is R&D Testing?
R&D—or in-process tests—are intended for use by manufacturers and cultivators to improve their processes and products. We offer the same tests that are performed in the regulatory compliant panel but in an a la carte version and lab staff do not perform the sampling. Since these tests are used for in-process purposes, the results are not reported to the State, and no disqualification of product is necessary.
KEY FACTS ABOUT R&D TESTING
- R&D testing may be requested by any licensee or medical patient
- R&D sampling may be conducted by a non-laboratory staff members
- R&D results are not reported to state regulators
R&D DROP SAMPLE LOCATIONS
R&D TEST PROCESS
- Collect a sample for the requested test.
- Schedule a sample pickup or drop the it at one of our locations (10am-6pm)
- Samples transferred to the lab same day they’re received.
- Reports are published automatically to client portal.
R&D SAMPLE SIZE CHART
Phase 3 Compliance Testing
All cannabis products harvested or produced on or after 12.31.18 are subject to Phase 3 testing, which includes:
HEAVY METALS | MYCOTOXINS | WATER ACTIVITY | TERPENOIDS
ARSENIC | LEAD | CADMIUM | MERCURY
Cannabis and hemp are plants known as dynamic accumulators. Minerals (including toxic heavy metals) or nutrients from the soil are absorbed by their tissues – increasing in concentration over time. Known effects of exposure to heavy metals in humans range from neurotoxicity to birth defects or organ failure.
AFLATOXIN (B1, B2, G1, G2) | OCHRATOXIN A
Mycotoxin is an umbrella term used to define toxic compounds naturally produced by a variety of fungal species. There are several types of mycotoxins produced by a wide variety of fungus. Aflatoxins are particularly harmful, especially after consistent exposure.
DRIED FLOWER: <0.65 Aw | SOLID EDIBLE: <0.85 Aw
Water activity describes the energy state of water in cannabis or cannabis products. It is used to predict the stability and safety of products with respect to microbial growth, rates of deteriorative reactions and chemical/physical properties.
Compliant Batch Re-Testing § 5705 (g)
(E) The name and license number of the laboratory proposed to re-sample and complete the regulatory compliance testing for the batch(s); and
(F) The reason why the laboratory that initially took the sample cannot competently complete the regulatory compliance testing.
What is Compliance Testing?
Our regulatory compliant test panels are intended to meet the testing requirements for cannabis or cannabis products as required by the California BCC and include a laboratory performed sampling of a cannabis batch to ensure a representative sample is obtained. Next, the laboratory staff member seals the batch and transports the sample back to the lab where several required tests are performed; the exact number of which is determined by the type of sample being tested. Next, the results are reported as required by regulation to the appropriate state through METRC track and trace software. These test results will be legally binding and if any test returns a result that is outside the accepted limits, the batch will need to be either remediated or destroyed.
CALIFORNIA COMPLIANCE TESTING PHASES
What is a Compliant Batch?
A compliant batch is a single unit of market-ready harvest cannabis or a manufactured product
as defined within the regulations established by the Bureau of Cannabis Control and the California Department of Food & Agriculture.
HARVEST BATCH SIZES
A harvest batch includes flowers, trim, pre-rolls, eighth jars, leaf material and kief.
MANUFACTURED BATCH SIZES
A manufactured product includes concentrates cartridges, edibles and all other cannabis products.