As of January 1st, 2018, SC Labs offers two main categories of testing services in California: Compliance and R&D.

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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

  1. R&D testing may be requested by any licensee or medical patient
  2. R&D sampling may be conducted by a non-laboratory staff members
  3. R&D results are not reported to state regulators

R&D DROP SAMPLE LOCATIONS

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R&D TEST PROCESS

  1. Collect a sample for the requested test.
  2. Schedule a sample pickup or drop the it at one of our locations (10am-6pm)
  3. Samples transferred to the lab same day they’re received.
  4. Reports are published automatically to client portal.

R&D SAMPLE SIZE CHART

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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

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HEAVY METALS

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.

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MYCOTOXINS

AFLATOXIN (B1, B2, G1, G2) | OCHRATOXIN A

Cannabis and hemp are plants known as dynamic accumulators which means they absorb certain minerals (including toxic heavy metals) or nutrients from the soil in their tissue where they accumulate in high concentrations. Known effects of exposure to heavy metals in humans include neurotoxicity, birth defects and even organ failure.

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WATER ACTIVITY

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)

(g) If a licensed laboratory is unable to competently complete the regulatory compliance testing after sampling and before a COA is issued, the licensed distributor or microbusiness authorized to engage in distribution who arranged for the testing of the batch(s) may request approval from the Bureau to have the impacted batch(s) re-sampled and tested by another licensed laboratory.
(1) The request shall be made in writing via email to bcc.labs@dca.ca.gov and shall include all of the following:
(A) The name and license number of the distributor;
(B) The batch numbers;
(C) The type and quantity of cannabis goods;
(D) The name and license number of the laboratory that took the initial sample and is not able to competently complete the regulatory compliance testing;

(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.

(2) The Bureau will review the request and determine if the laboratory that initially took the sample is unable to competently complete the regulatory compliance testing. If the Bureau determines that the laboratory is unable to competently complete the regulatory compliance testing, the Bureau, in its discretion, may approve the request in whole or part and set conditions for the re-sampling and testing.
(3) No re-sampling of any batch shall occur prior to the licensed distributor or licensed microbusiness authorized to engaged in distribution receiving written approval from the Bureau.
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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

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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.

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MANUFACTURED BATCH SIZES

A manufactured product includes concentrates cartridges, edibles and all other cannabis products.

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