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What is R&D Testing?

Research & Development (R&D) Testing is conducted for the sole purpose of internal use by the client
and cannot qualify a product as ready for legal sale.

Key Facts About R&D Testing

  1. R&D testing may be requested by any individual over 21 years of age.
  2. R&D sampling may be conducted by a non-laboratory staff members.
  3. R&D results are not reported to state regulators.
  4. We are not allowed to test flower/usable marijuana for pesticides in OR for a licensee.

R&D Test Process

  1. Choose the test: potency, pesticides, residual solvents, water activity, moisture content or terpenes. We do not offer microbial or metals testing.
  2. Collect a sample for the requested test.
  3. Schedule a sample pickup or drop the it at one of our locations (9am-5pm)
  4. Samples transferred to the lab same day they’re received.
  5. Reports are published automatically to client portal.

R&D Test Sample Sizes

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What is Compliance Testing?

A compliance test is required for all cannabis products intended for sale in Oregon. As defined by the Oregon Health Authority, all marijuana items must be sampled according to ORELAP sampling protocols and tested according to OAR 333-007-0300 to 333-007-0490 and OAR 333-064-0100 to 333-064-0110.

KEY FACTS ABOUT COMPLIANCE TESTING

1) Compliance testing is only available to the licensed producer or processor who grew/processed an item, and/or a licensed Wholesaler.
2) Sampling must be conducted by a licensed laboratory staff member.
3) Results will be reported to the appropriate state agency and uploaded to the client portal.

OREGON COMPLIANCE TEST SAMPLE SIZES

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OREGON TESTING REQUIREMENTS

1) Usable Marijuana must be tested for potency, pesticides, water activity and moisture content. Batch size is 0.5% of batch weight; limited to 15 pounds.
2) Concentrates and Extracts must be test for potency, pesticides and residual solvents. Batch size is dictated by size of process lot.
3) A Control Study can be run on a concentrate/extract process batch to reduce the amount of testing on future batches made using the same SOP.  Please call for more information on Control Studies.
4) Inputs into an infused product must be tested for the compliance requirements and the final infused product must be tested for potency.

OREGON SAMPLING EVENT CHECKLIST

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OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY (OHA) TESTING REQUIREMENTS

All marijuana items must be sampled according to ORELAP sampling protocols and tested according to OAR 333-007-0300 to 333-007-0490 and OAR 333-064-0100 to 333-064-0110.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is responsible for Cannabis testing rules that apply to both the medical and retail market. Any marijuana or marijuana product intended to be sold at a dispensary or retail shop must have been sampled and tested according to the testing rules.

Any laboratory that tests marijuana items must be accredited by ORELAP and licensed by OLCC. Only accredited and licensed laboratories may sample and test marijuana items.

All marijuana items transferred or sold to a dispensary or retail shop must be accompanied by documentation of passing test results.

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Optional: A control study may be requested to reduce the number of samples that need to be taken for future testing once approval for a control study is received. Please review OAR 333-007-0440 for more information regarding how to perform a control study. Additional information for requesting approval for a control study can be found under Control Study Information.

If a processor or processing site does not have a certified control study it must have the cannabinoid concentrate, extract or product sampled in accordance with Exhibit B, Tables 5 and 6 (pdf) and the sample increments prepared and analyzed separately.

FAILED TEST GUIDANCE

Failed test results must be reported to the overseeing state agency by the testing laboratory within 24 hours of completion of the laboratory’s data review and approval procedures and be reported at the same time or before reporting to the grower or processor.

Additional information for reporting medical marijuana items that fail testing can be found under Laboratory Reporting Requirements.

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*Notification of product destruction

  • If a batch fails testing, it may not be destroyed without obtaining permission from the overseeing state agency.
  • The OMMP may be contacted at: OMMP.labs@state.or.us.
    • A medical marijuana registrant that fails to comply with any of the testing rules will be subject to enforcements action which may include civil penalties or having their registration suspended or revoked.
  • For more information regarding failed tests by an OLCC licensee contact OLCC at: marijuana@oregon.gov

**Remediation of marijuana items

After attempting remediation, the batch or process lot must be re-sampled and re-tested for pesticides. If the batch or process lot fails for pesticides again then it must be destroyed as ordered by OMMP or OLCC. Remediation of usable marijuana on failed pesticide tests is only available for batches that only failed for exceeding action levels on piperonyl butoxide or pyrethrins.

REANALYSIS & RETESTING GUIDANCE

Reanalysis

Growers and processors who request testing on a marijuana item and receive a failed result may request a reanalysis of the sample from the same laboratory within seven days of being notified of the failure.

If a request for reanalysis is made, the grower or processor must notify the OMMP of the request on the Notification of Reanalysis or Retesting of a Failed Sample Form (pdf). A copy of the reanalysis results must also be submitted to OMMP once received from the testing laboratory.

  • If the reanalysis results in another fail, all associated batches must be held for destruction.
  • If the reanalysis results in a pass, then another laboratory must resample and retest the item to determine if the product is a pass or a fail.

Retesting

The grower or processor must notify OMMP that they are pursuing a retest. The same Notification of Reanalysis or Retesting of a Failed Sample Form (pdf) may be used. A copy of the retesting results must also be submitted to OMMP once received from the testing laboratory.

  • A fail on a retest means the item must be held for destruction.
  • A pass on a retest means the item may be transferred.

If a batch fails testing, it may not be destroyed without first obtaining permission from OMMP.

The form and copy of the test results may be sent to: ommp.labs@state.or.us.

Useful Links

OLCC Recreational Marijuana page:
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Marijuana page:
Recreational Marijuana General Rules and Requirements (Effective May 31, 2017):
Recreational OLCC Labelling and Testing Rules:
OAR 333–007 Division 7 Rules (Effective May 31, 2017):
Pesticide and Solvents list and limits:  OAR 333-007-0400 and 0410
Medical Rules
OAR 333-008 Division 8 Rules
Oregon Department of Agriculture Hemp page:

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