Federal & Florida Hemp Compliance

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HEMP & CBD COMPLIANCE, SIMPLIFIED

ISO 17025 accredited | DEA registered | PJLA certified | CLIA accredited

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FLORIDA
COMPLIANCE

ACS Laboratory is Florida’s only in-state laboratory designated  by the Florida Department of Agriculture.

We offer a full panel of safety and potency tests to ensure your product is ready for sale.

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FEDERAL COMPLIANCE

ACS Laboratory is a DEA-registered and ISO17025 accredited facility.

We comply with the USDA’s recent rules for testing methods, lab designations and electronic reporting systems.

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R+D HEMP
TESTING

Along with comprehensive compliance test panels, we offer a la cart services known as R&D testing.

We’ll work to guarantee that your end-product meets the quality you expect. 

Federal Compliance: What you need to know

After the 2018 Farm Bill was enacted, the federal government drafted regulations related to hemp sales and growth. More than a year later, the USDA issued interim final hemp rules for cultivation and testing.

While these rules are not final yet, they represent a solid foundation for the creation of individual state programs around the country. 

We are USDA Compliant and DEA CERTIFIED.
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LABORATORY REQUIREMENTS

According to Florida’s State Hemp Program, all labs must be ISO17025 accredited, and utilize testing protocols that are proven reliable based upon proposed standards set forth by the State’s Department of Health and Agriculture. In accordance with the rules, all laboratories must report results directly to the appropriate regulatory agency.

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THC TESTING

According to the USDA’s rules, hemp plants and extracts must contain less than 0.3% total THC on a dry weight basis, which is defined by the following equation:

THC = (%THCA*.877) + %Delta9

The rules also require that samples are tested via gas or liquid chromatography methods. ACS laboratory meets all requirements.

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CONTAMINANT TESTING

The USDA’s regulations do not require pesticide and contaminant testing for industrial hemp, however most states require safety testing for ingestible extracts and smokable products. 

Regarding extracts, the FDA is currently investigating questions about the science, safety and quality of ingestible products made from hemp-derived CBD. While the federal government  investigates, Florida (along with other states) has approved hemp-derived extracts, food and supplements. 

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FLORIDA Compliance: What you need to know

In July 2019, Florida established a State Hemp Program through Senate Bill 1020. In October 2019, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) submitted proposed rules to the USDA for review. In April 2020, these rules were approved. 

ACS Laboratory is up-to-date and compliant with Florida’s rules for industrial hemp and hemp extracts.

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LABORATORY REQUIREMENTS

According to Florida’s State Hemp Program, all designated labs must be ISO 17025 accredited, DEA-registered and utilize testing protocols that are proven reliable.

Based on Florida’s State Hemp Program rules, designated laboratories must report compliance results directly to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).

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THC TESTING

Hemp must contain less than 0.3% total THC on a dry weight basis in order to be eligible for sale. Growers and processors must work with a Florida designated laboratory who can report the results to the state. 

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CONTAMINANT TESTING

Florida’s State Hemp Program specifies rules related to usage and allowable limits of pesticides, mycotoxins, pathogenic microbiology, heavy metals and residual solvents. 

At ACS Laboratory, we conduct comprehensive panels to ensure that all hemp and CBD are below the proposed limits to ensure their safety for end consumers

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R + D TESTING

At ACS Laboratory, we also conduct R+D testing, intended for manufacturers and cultivators who want to utilize the results to improve the process of creating CBD products. R&D tests are conducted using the same protocols as compliance tests.  On the other hand, you would choose compliance testing once R&D Testing has been completed and products are known to be within the rules and regulations set forth.

Compliance testing is the final piece of the regulatory puzzle to ensure all products are what they are supposed to be and consumers are provided quality products. 

**Disclaimer: This content is current as of 06/09/2020. It is meant to be a guiding resource and should not be used to replace legal counsel. Please speak to a lawyer to confirm all questions related to compliance testing.

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