Is Deibel Bioscience Accredited?
Deibel Bioscience, LLC operates out of 3 locations in North America with more locations to come. The Lincolnwood, Il. laboratory is accredited in accordance with the recognized International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017. General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. This accreditation demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope and the operation of a laboratory quality management system
(refer to joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communiqué dated April 2017).
Where are you located?
Deibel Bioscience has Laboratories in Santa Cruz, CA, Lincolnwood, IL and Hood River, OR.
What are the current state regulations for Cannabis?
California: With the passage of the Medical Marijuana Regulation Act (MMRSA) in 2015, Cannabis businesses in California are now subject to specific requirements including licensing, taxation, and mandatory laboratory Quality Assurance testing. Deibel BioScience can help you understand the required analyses, and acceptable limits for Category I & II Pesticides, Category I & II Residual Solvents, Microbiological Impurities and cannabinoid potency and profiles, and much more.
Illinois: On June 25, 2019, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into Illinois law HB 1438, which will end cannabis prohibition and replace it with a system to tax and regulate cannabis for adults 21 and over. In addition to legalizing possession and use for adults, it expands the current medical cannabis licensing system, includes automatic expungement for cannabis offenses, adds the ability for medical patients to grow cannabis at home, and offers significant benefits to communities hit hardest by inequities that were part of the war on cannabis.
Oregon: Any cannabis or cannabis product intended to be sold at a dispensary or retail shop must have been sampled and tested according to the testing rules. All marijuana items must be sampled according to ORELAP sampling protocols and tested according to OAR 333-007-0300 to 333-007-0500 and OAR 333-064-0100 to 333-064-0130.
What equipment do you use for our samples?
To meet the demand of our clients for accuracy as well as fast turn-around times, Deibel BioScience has invested in state of the art testing equipment. We have enough redundancy to meet our clients’ needs for accurate data you can trust and fast turn-around times.
Do you offer pickups?
Deibel Bioscience maintains a fleet of courier vehicles and skilled drivers for the sampling and pickup of cannabis samples.
Can I send you my samples?
Clients are welcome to drop off non-compliance samples in person but only if they are R&D samples. Products for sale must be sampled by a laboratory associate at a licensed distribution facility. Each compliance package we offer has unique sample-size requirements, as does the individual tests for non-compliance testing of individual assays.
What is the recommended Sample Size?
If you're submitting a sample for a full compliance package, the sample size requirements are dependent upon the original Batch/Lot size. The field technician will collect the minimum sizes below to ensure a representative sample sufficient for the state’s testing requirements; however, for batches/lots larger than the sizes listed will require larger sample sizes:
|State Testing Requirements||Cannabis (Flower)||Cannabis Concentrate||Cannabis Products|
(Up to 50 lbs. Batch Size)
|IL Testing||10g||10g||15 servings|
You must submit samples in a sterile sample container, to avoid any potential for microbial contamination. You can purchase sterile sample containers from our lab, or use your own. We are happy to offer guidance on appropriate sampling containers, just ask!
TESTING AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE
Do I have to use a third party testing Laboratory?
Yes. In all States where cannabis is legal (for medical or recreational), States have implemented regulations that stipulate the use of a licensed laboratory for the required testing. This license cannot be given to a company or individual that owns an interest in related cannabis business (i.e. a dispensary, cultivation facility or processing center).
What tests do I need for my samples?
Immediately prior to manufacturing or natural processing of any cannabis or cannabis-infused product or packaging cannabis for sale to a dispensary, each batch shall be made available at the cultivation center for an employee of an approved laboratory to select a random sample, which shall be tested by the approved laboratory for:
1) microbiological contaminants;
3) pesticide active ingredients;
4) residual solvent; and
5) purposes of conducting an active ingredient analysis.
What are Microbial Impurities?
Like other plants, cannabis is exposed to bacteria and fungi during cultivation. Exposure to microbial contaminants can lead to loss of product, profitability and even expose consumers to health problems, especially in those with pre-existing medical conditions. As a result, microbial testing in cannabis has become standard practice and a requirement across most states with legal markets.
Why we use Liquid Chromatography (LC) instead of Gas Chromatography (GC) We have invested in High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC-UV) to screen for cannabinoids because it allows us to detect the acid compounds as well as the neutral states, something a Gas Chromatography machine cannot perform. The difference in the equipment investment for HPCL-UV versus GC is significant. Gas Chromatography (GC), an alternative method widely used for cannabis analysis, uses heat during the analytical process, causing the acids to break down. Because these acids breakdown during analysis, a GC is unable to give an accurate picture of acid forms; the precursors to THC and CBD. This makes it inappropriate for testing products that will not be heated prior to consumption, such as edibles and tinctures, and limit its ability to accurately identify the acid forms (THCA, CBDA, CBGA). HPLC, on the other hand, uses high pressured liquid and alcohol solvents which don't require heat and therefore don’t alter the cannabinoids during analysis.
What Pesticides do you test for?
Various States have adapted different requirements for Pesticides testing in Cannabis, but all originate from EPA protocols for environmental pesticide analysis.