Deibel Bioscience of Oregon FAQs
Is Deibel Bioscience accredited?
Deibel Bioscience, LLC operates out of 3 locations in North America with more locations to come. The Hood River laboratory is accredited by the Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ORELAP). Oversight of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and parameters for the generating of accurate data using the Best Available Technology (BAT) is enforced. This accreditation demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope and the continuous operation of a laboratory Quality Management System (QMS). A critical component of maintaining Deibel Bioscience’s accreditation, is participating in ORELAP’s Proficiency Testing (PT) program by passing two control study submissions per year for each accredited scope. This ensures proficiency in process, personnel, and instrument performance.
Where are you located?
Deibel Bioscience of Oregon is in Hood River, OR. We have two sister facilities located in Santa Cruz, CA and Lincolnwood, IL.
How is Deibel Bioscience different from other labs?
Any lab should be able to provide accurate data, in a timely manner and at a fair cost. Deibel Bioscience commits to providing excellent service through a collaborative approach with you. Ease of access, communication, flexibility, integrity of results, and transmission of knowledge are points of emphasis in our service approach. Our high touch service and technical acumen sets Deibel Bioscience apart. You have direct and immediate access to the scientists in the labs working on your testing via phone, and email. The analysts themselves will personally answer your questions and concerns, not a customer service representative. Deibel Bioscience of Oregon has developed methods that secure exceptionally low Limits of Quantitation (LOQ) and Limits of Detection (LOD) to inform you of the most trace compounds contained in your product. They set Quality Control (QC) and verification criteria above the regulatory agencies’ stated expectations. QC data and instrument response data is collected daily and plotted into control charts to effectively evaluate continuity in instrument performance. It is of our highest duties to prevent any variability in the analytical process using verified controlled approaches to monitoring those potential areas. Each client’s historical data is continuously observed to provide an additional layer of confidence in data output; non-typical data is verified and communicated to you prior to releasing results.
What are the current state regulations for cannabis?
Rules for producing, testing, transferring, and selling usable marijuana and cannabinoid products are established by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and can be found in Chapter 333 – The Public Health Division of the Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR). Within Chapter 333, Division 007 states rules for “Marijuana Concentration Limits and Testing,” Division 008 states rules for “Medical Marijuana,” and Division 064 states rules for “Accreditation of Laboratories.” Deibel Bioscience of Oregon personnel are well versed on these three divisions and will consult with you (free of charge) to help make clear any questions that you may have regarding these Administrative Rules.
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 and accredited laboratory for the required testing of product being sold. A license cannot be given to a company or individual that owns an interest in related cannabis business (i.e. - retailer, producer, processor, or wholesaler).
What equipment is used the generate the data?
To meet our clients’ need for accurate and fast analytical work, Deibel Bioscience has invested in state-of-the-art testing equipment known to be the Best Available Technology (BAT) for the applications used. Within that technology, we’ve selected instruments from the top manufactures in the industry. We use a UPLC-UV (Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatograph-Ultraviolet) by Waters for cannabinoid identification and quantitation, a HSGC-FID (Headspace Gas Chromatograph-Flame Ionization Detector) by Perkin Emler for Terpene Profiling, a LC-MS/MS (Liquid Chromatograph-Double Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer) by waters and GC-MS/MS (Gas Chromatograph-Double Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer) for screening pesticide residues from the Oregon Pesticide List.
What is your Turn Around Time for sample results?
Deibel Bioscience offers market leading turnaround times for both R&D and Compliance samples at 3 days only. If you have a special occasional need for even quicker results, our exceptional team has been known to put their extra efforts into accomplishing 1 or 2 days.
Do you offer pickups?
Deibel Bioscience of Oregon offers sample collection events at any licensed facility (does not have to be your own facility). A relatively modest travel fee is applied only if traveling one hour or more in one direction to collect less than five samples. Test samples must be taken by an employee of the testing laboratory using validated methods to ensure that the sample is representative of the production batch produced.
Can I send you my samples?
Clients are welcome to schedule an in-house sampling event hosted at the laboratory or schedule a drop off with non-compliance samples for purposes of Research and Development.
What is the recommended sample size?
If you’re submitting a cannabis flower sample for compliance testing, the sample size requirements are dependent upon the size of the batch being sampled. This rule is determined by the OAR stating the sample must be at least 0.5% of the total batch mass. The field technician will collect the minimum sizes - in a caring effort to leave as much of your product with you as allowed - ensuring a representative sample sufficient for the state’s testing requirements. Each compliance package we offer has unique sample-size requirements, as do individual tests for non-compliance testing; roughly speaking we need at least 3-5 grams of product for each test.
TESTING AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE
What tests do I need for my samples?
Testing requirements for cannabis and cannabinoid products are established by the Oregon Health Administration (OHA) and are stated in the Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR). What type of product you have and what type of licensee that you intend to sell to determines the tests required prior to sale. For example, if you have cannabis flower and intend to sell to a retailer: Before transferring your product to said retailer, you will need to test for pesticide residues from the Oregon Pesticide List, total THC and total CBD content, moisture content, and water activity. All Deibel Bioscience of Oregon laboratory staff are more than happy to help you understand what testing is needed for your particular avenue. If you are a licensee, all assays are available for Research and Development testing except for pesticide residues.
What pesticides do you test for?
The Oregon Pesticide List contains 59 analytes, each with unique Action Levels (failing limits). For purposes of pesticide compliance testing, a cannabis sample shall be deemed to have passed if it satisfies the requirements according to OAR 333-007-0400 Exhibit A, Table 3.
REPORTING OF RESULTS
Deibel Bioscience of Oregon is excited to announce our partnership with Confident Cannabis, the #1 Cannabis Laboratory Information Management System in North America, designed specifically for supporting cannabis testing. Through your Confident Cannabis account, you can view, download, and share your results. As soon as Deibel completes your tests, Confident Cannabis will send you emails or SMS text messages with the lab results and Certificates of Analysis. You can also choose to receive emails when orders are created or received by the lab. Register for a free Confident Cannabis at www.confidentcannabis.com.
How do you report results?
All Cannabis Laboratory functions are controlled and monitored through a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). For cannabis compliance testing, you can access your results through Confident Cannabis, Metrc, and will also receive an email with the attached Certificates of Analysis (COA). For non-compliance testing (i.e. research and development), clients will receive an email with the COA’s attached. You are always welcome to contact us to discuss your results with an analyst or the management team.
How do I pay for my testing?