Extract Labs Analytics Services is now one of three state-certified hemp labs that can conduct compliance testing under the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Colorado recently changed its hemp regulations for labs to meet more extensive requirements, similar to the marijuana industry.
“The state certification is in place to help regulate laboratory practices in Colorado, specifically in the hemp space,” said Extract Labs quality analyst Madi Smith. “Getting state-certified means that our operations meet the expectations and standards set forth by the state to ensure proper testing techniques are followed and maintained. A huge part of that is ensuring good documentation practices are upheld from start to finish.”
Labs must now test for an expanded list of residual solvents, microbials, pesticides, heavy metals, and mycotoxins, as well as comply with more stringent cannabinoid potency regulations. Under the state’s new rules, only CDPHE certified labs can facilitate hemp testing of any kind.
The CDPHE certification improves upon the already high standards of our analytical services. This accomplishment follows on the heels of our recent ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, which is considered the gold standard in the industry.
But our lab team is far from done improving its processes. A new milestone is on the horizon. The final step is full federal compliance from the DEA/USDA. Federal compliance will confirm the quality control of our analytics services for our customers, providing them the highest quality of testing available.
In the meantime, because CDPHE’s flower compliance mirrors the USDA guidelines, the USDA allowed a grace period for state-certified labs to test hemp flower. During the grace period, farmers currently seeking USDA compliance reporting can do so at our lab.
We are proud to officially receive the state certification. The achievement is another example of our analytics team’s long-term commitment to transparency and compliance in a constantly shifting industry.
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