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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FEDERAL COMPLIANCE

ACS Laboratory is compliant with Florida’s proposed State Hemp Program requirements for hemp and CBD testing.

We offer a full panel of safety and potency tests to ensure your product is wholesale and/or retail ready.

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FLORIDA COMPLIANCE

ACS Laboratory is a DEA registered and ISO17025 accredited facility.

We comply with the USDA’s recent interim rules for our testing methods, designations and electronic reporting system.

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R+D HEMP
TESTING

Along with comprehensive tests panels that follow guidelines for compliance, we offer a la cart services known as R&D testing.

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

Federal Compliance: What you need to know

2018 FARM BILL

Since the 2018 Farm Bill passed to legalize hemp last year, the federal government has scrambled to enact regulations related to its sales and growth. Nearly a year later, the USDA finally proposed interim hemp rules for cultivation and testing. While these rules are not final yet, they represent a solid basis to understand the future requirements.
We are USDA Compliant and DEA CERTIFIED.
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LABORATORY REQUIREMENTS

According to Florida’s State Hemp Program, all labs must be ISO 17025 accredited and utilize testing protocols that are proven reliable based upon proposed standards set forth by the State’s Department of Health and Agriculture. Once the State Hemp Program is approved by the USDA, Florida laboratories will need to report results directly to the FDACS in addition to clients.

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THC TESTING

According to the USDA’s recent rules, hemp 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 the requirements.

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CONTAMINANT TESTING

The USDA’s recent rules do not reference safety testing requirements,
but the Environment Protection Agency is currently reviewing the use of pesticides in hemp harvesting.
Concurrently, the FDA is investigating questions about the science, safety and quality of products that are made from hemp-derived CBD. While the federal government continues to investigate, you want to be sure that your product is safe. This is why at’s ACS Laboratory offers comprehensive quality testing for all known contaminants.

our full panel contaminant test includes

FLORIDA Compliance: What you need to know

SENATE BILL 1020

In July 2019, the Florida established a State Hemp Program through Senate Bill 1020. In October 2019, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) published the proposed rules for the program, which it submitted to the USDA for approval. 

While we wait for approval, ACS Laboratory is up-to-date and compliant with Florida’s interim rules.

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LABORATORY REQUIREMENTS

According to Florida’s State Hemp Program, all labs must be ISO 17025 accredited and utilize testing protocols that are proven reliable based upon proposed standard set forth by the State’s Department of Health and Agriculture.

Once the State Hemp Program is approved by the USDA, Florida laboratories will need to report results directly to the FDACS in addition to clients.

measurement of cannabinoids in cannabis

THC TESTING

According to Florida’s recent rules, hemp must contain less than 0.3% total THC on a dry weight basis.

The language, however, does not specify whether or not total THC must incorporate THCA (as required by the USDA’s rules above). But this may change after the USDA reviews the application.

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CONTAMINANT TESTING

Florida’s State Hemp Program proposes specific 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

our full panel contaminant test includes

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 11/25/2019. 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.