California Cannabis Testing Lab

Encore Labs is a California-compliant cannabis testing lab that offers Compliance and Quality Assurance testing (also referred to as R&D testing). Each test is performed for different reasons. The California Compliance test is performed on cannabis and cannabis products to assess whether the sample meets the strict requirements set by the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC). The success or failure of the sample provided will determine if the business is legally allowed to sell these batches. The testing process is more regulated as a result, and it requires the laboratory to take extra precautions to prevent the samples from being tampered with.

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The California cannabis compliance testing process starts with ensuring the proper documentation is presented to our cannabis testing lab prior to scheduling the compliance pick up.

First, we have to obtain the name, license, and address of the distributor requesting the test as well as the license and address of the manufacturer or cultivator. Information such as the product type, strain name, unique batch ID number, and batch size is required for each batch being tested so that a chain of custody (COC) can be created. Once the COC is finalized, a trained member of the Encore Labs sampling team is sent out to perform the cannabis batch sampling according to the DCC’s guidelines. This event must be recorded on video with an employee of the distributor present to ensure that it is done legitimately and without interference. Once the selections are made, the samples are sealed and transported back to the laboratory.

The California cannabis compliance testing process starts with ensuring the proper documentation is presented to our cannabis testing lab prior to scheduling the compliance pick up.

Once at the lab, the sample is prepared for a number of required tests.

The tests required are dependent upon sample type. Once the analysis is complete, Encore Labs personnel will work with a senior laboratory member to prepare a Certificate of Analysis, which contains the results of the tests and information as to whether the sample passed or failed. This certificate is then sent to the client to inform them if they can legally sell their products or not. Simultaneously, the COA is sent to the DCC and METRC regardless of the pass/fail status.

On the other hand, the Quality Assurance (R&D) test is much simpler and easier.

It’s similar to the California cannabis compliance test, but instead of requiring a laboratory sampling, the samples can submitted by the clients directly.

This test is intended for use by manufacturers and cultivators to know and improve upon the quality of their products. The results of these samples are not submitted to the DCC or METRC, nor do they require video proof during sampling, but they still go through a similar process of testing to ensure their quality. The same tests that are performed for Compliance reasons are offered, but the client can choose which tests they need. This test is useful to determine whether a new batch of samples is of a high enough quality to sell to customers, but it does not carry the weight that the compliance test does.

On the other hand, the Quality Assurance (R&D) test is much simpler and easier.
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Compliance Testing

The following outlines which tests are required in California for each type of cannabis product. Terpene profiling is not needed for compliance purposes but is available for all sample types by request.

Product Type Potency Pesticides Mycotoxins Residual Solvents Heavy Metals Microbials Foreign Material Water Activity Moisture Content
Non-Inhalables (Solid) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Non-Inhalables (Liquid) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Flower/Trim Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Concentrate Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Pre-Roll Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes