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2018 Testing Guide for Marijuana Cultivation (403 & 403R)

Mandated Harvest Batch Testing in 2018:

*NEW* Sample-Size Requirements for Harvest Batch Testing {Rule (R)1504}:

ONE TAG for all tests now! Starting Jan 1st you will need to randomly sample multiple 0.5g samples from each harvest batch, and combine them as ONE SAMPLE to submit for ALL testing. Note: Harvest Batches should be strain-specific, i.e. the MED will no longer allow combined batch micro tests—there will now be one set of tests per strain per harvest batch. How much do you need to send in now? It depends on how large your harvest batch is. See below for MED requirements.

• If your harvest batch is…

Getting Process Validation in 2018 {Rule (R)1501}:

POTENCY: Each strain that a facility cultivates must be tested 4 times, each test a minimum of a week apart

MICRO: Per Facility—valid for one year unless a facility changes processes. Every harvest batch produced between a 6-12 week period must pass micro contaminant testing (must be at least 6 harvest batches)

 

Minimum Required Testing After Getting Process Validated {Rule (R)1501}:

POTENCY: Each strain must be tested ONCE every 3 months (quarterly) after process validation

MICRO: One Harvest Batch must be tested every 30 days to maintain Process Validation

• Process Validation verification test samples have the same sample-size requirements as above—submit the full amount for each strain

• If the Process Validation Verification Test Samples Fail:

∙ Submit 2 new samples for retest—BOTH must pass
∙ Must retest 3 additional harvest batch samples within 30 days after failure to maintain validation

 

2018 Testing Guide for MIPs—Concentrates (404 & 404R)

Mandated Concentrate Testing in 2018:

*NEW* Sample-Size Requirements for Production Batch Testing {Rule (R)1504}:

ONE TAG for all tests now!  Starting Jan 1st you will need to randomly sample multiple 0.5g samples from each production batch, and combine them as ONE SAMPLE to submit for ALL testing. Note: Concentrates need to be submitted in METRC as weight-based packages, i.e. grams or Oz, not “each”. How much do you need to send in? It depends on how large your production batch is. See below for MED requirements.

•  If your batch is…

 

Getting Process Validation in 2018 {Rule (R)1501}:

POTENCY: Per item—valid for one year unless the facility changes production processes for that item. Every production batch produced for each specific concentrate being validated must pass all potency testing during a 4-8 week period (must be at least four test batches)

RSA or MICRO: Per Facility—is valid for one year unless a facility changes processes. Every production batch produced between a 4-8 week period must pass residual solvent contaminant testing (must be at least 4 production batches)

 

Minimum Required Testing After Getting Process Validated {Rule (R)1501}:

RSA or MICRO: Each production batch must be tested once every 30 days to maintain Process Validation

•   Process Validation verification test samples have the same sample-size requirements as above—submit the full amount for each batch

•   If Process Validation Verification Test Samples Fail:

∙   Submit 2 new samples for retest—BOTH must pass
∙   Must retest the next 3 batches produced within 30 days after failure to keep process validation

 

2018 Testing Guide for MIPs—Edibles (404 & 404R)

Mandated Edible Testing in 2018:

NEW Sample-Size Requirements for Production Batch Testing {Rule (R)1504}:

ONE TAG for all tests now! Edibles need to be packaged for sale when sent in for testing and submitted in METRC for testing as count-based, i.e. “1 each” would be “1 bottle of tablets”, not “1 tablet”, etc. How much do you need to send in? It depends on how large each production batch is. See below for MED requirements.

•     If your production batch is… 

Getting Process Validation in 2018 {Rule (R)1503}:

POTENCY & HOMOGENEITY: Per item—valid for one year unless the facility changes processing for that item. Every production batch produced for each particular type of edible being validated must pass all potency and homogeneity testing during a 4-8 week period (must be at least four test batches).

MICRO: Per Facility—is valid for one year unless a facility changes processes. Every production batch produced between a 4-8 week period must pass residual solvent contaminant testing (must be at least 4 production batches)

 

Minimum Required Testing After Getting Process Validated {Rule (R)1501 & (R)1503}:

POTENCY/ HOMOGENEITY & MICRO: Each item must be tested once every 3 months

•   Process Validation verification test samples have the same sample-size requirements as above—submit the full amount required for each batch

•   If Process Validation Verification Test Samples Fail:

∙   Submit 2 new samples for retest—BOTH must pass
∙   Must retest the next 3 batches produced within 30 days after failure to keep process validation

 

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