BOCA RATON, Fla.,
One year after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its final rules on hemp, various states enacted their own regulatory programs. For example, states such as Florida, New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Utah created specific testing rules that hemp growers and brands must follow, some more comprehensive than the USDA’s mandates.
The diverse regulations mean multi-state hemp operators need reliable support to remain compliant. Hemp supply chain companies need qualified third-party laboratories that meticulously follow nuanced laws to ensure their products are permissible across the country. End-users also deserve the safest, highest quality products–regardless of where they reside.
Although ACS Laboratory foresees federal legalization for cannabis in the future, it may be years before national laboratory standards are created. The National Hemp Testing Panel is ACS Laboratory’s solution to meet all the state standards for nationally sold hemp products.
Led by Principal Scientist Laboratory Director Dr. Aixia Sun, ACS Laboratory conducted intense due diligence for several months. The laboratory researched the fine print of every state's rules for hemp sampling, THC potency, cannabinoid content, residual solvents, pesticides, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and microbiology. With that research, they created elaborate matrices to compare each mandate.
Using the data collected, ACS Laboratory extracted the strictest requirements per category to create the National Hemp Testing Panel and corresponding Certificate of Analysis. With the National Hemp Testing Panel, ACS Laboratory tests for 18 cannabinoids, 105 pesticides, 24 heavy metals, 55 potential residual solvents, 17 different microorganisms, and every required mycotoxin to detect parts per billion, as well as for moisture content, water activity and terpenes (upon request).
After reviewing the maximum allowable limits for various contaminants in different states, ACS Laboratory realized they needed to develop new testing methods to align. Specifically, they invested in highly sensitive instrumentations that could quantify the lowest action limits.
“We developed the National Hemp Testing Panel because comprehensive testing is key to the industry’s future. Compliance is critical to reducing liability risks and expanding market opportunities, and unfortunately, most laboratories do not offer comprehensive testing,” said Roger Brown, president of ACS Laboratory. “By submitting samples for national panel testing, hemp growers, manufacturers, and processors can confidently sell products anywhere in the country.”
Brown continued, “The national panel means direct-to-consumer brands can ensure its customers that they’re producing clean, safe and high-quality goods, which have passed the most stringent requirements nationwide. While we believe a lesser national panel should be more ubiquitous, the ACS Laboratory National Hemp Testing Panel meets all the state standards for nationally sold hemp products.”
An ISO 17025-compliant, DEA-licensed, and CLIA-licensed laboratory, ACS Laboratory offers the largest state-of-the-art testing facility in cannabis and hemp testing in the eastern U.S. It is on a mission to support cannabis and hemp companies in their pursuit to deliver clean, safe, and innovative products that promote positive progress in the industry. ACS Laboratory continually enhances its testing methodologies and develops new tests for harmful toxins, therapeutic terpenes, and minor cannabinoids.