Laboratory & Testing

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has one licensed Independent Cannabis Testing Facility located in Utah County.  

In 2021, there were 6,160 tests performed. Tests were performed in areas of; 

  • cannabinoid profiles, 
  • pesticides, 
  • heavy metals, 
  • solvents, 
  • microbial life,
  • toxins and foreign matter as outlined in Administrative Rule R68-29.

Out of the tests performed for “adulturants” as outlined in R68-29, 70 samples failed with 65 of those approved for remediation. 

The Quality Assurance Testing Rule defines the tolerance/limits of residual solvents, pesticide residue, heavy metals, microbials, and other contaminants that are allowed in cannabis and cannabis products.  Exceeding the set levels will result in the mitigation or destruction of the product.

 

Medical Cannabis Testing Lab Licenses:

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is now accepting applications for Independent Testing Laboratories.

The Independent Cannabis Testing Laboratory Rule outlines the qualification for receiving an Independent Laboratory License.   All Labs must comply with Good Laboratory Practice and Compliance Monitoring outlined by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

To apply to be an Independent Cannabis Testing Laboratory in the State of Utah, follow the Checklist in the Lab Application Checklist. Before a facility can be issued a license the company must go before the Cannabis Establishment Review Board.  

All Owners’ submitting an  Independent Cannabis Testing Laboratory application must submit a Background Check and a Performance Bond.