As we await licensure in Colorado, a result of the updated rules that have led to a backlog in labs seeking licenses, we would like to share our perspective on the rollout of their modified pesticide testing list. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in more than a decade of testing cannabis and hemp, it’s that change is constant and as a laboratory it is important to never get complacent and always be thinking ahead. This is evidenced by our recent announcement of a new hemp testing panel that meets the requirements for each of the 50 states. At SC Labs we realize that the ever changing state by state hemp regulations are confusing to navigate. We seek to be our client’s partner in helping navigate the various state by state testing requirements in effect now and into the future.
Industries at all stages of the supply chain have suffered from a lack of federal guidance since hemp’s federal legalization in 2018. There are two issues at play here: 1) the need for and importance of testing for a wide range of contaminants, and 2) the need for regulations that require an exact percentage of THC content to be included on hemp and CBD product labels. These new Colorado regulations only deal with testing for contaminants, but it’s a start.
Colorado has been trying to implement more stringent hemp testing requirements with an expanded list of 102 pesticides that must be tested. The effort is currently on hold due to supply chain issues but will most likely be implemented by the end of this year. This means that hemp-infused products will soon be required to undergo pesticide testing similar to that of cannabis. Given the number of consumers who use hemp derived CBD for medicinal purposes, this is a good thing.
There are a total of 102 pesticides on Colorado’s list that must be tested; at SC Labs, we have been ISO 17025:2017 accredited for all of them since May 26, 2021 and are pending laboratory licensure by the state of Colorado. Other states have begun introducing more stringent hemp testing requirements as well. Labs and manufacturers alike need to be thinking and preparing ahead of time to keep up with what is shaping up to be a confusing period of time with different regulations and testing requirements taking effect state by state. SC Labs is here to be your partner in helping navigate the changing landscape.
Consumer safety is important but it’s more important that we will help these clients get through this really confusing period.
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