Analysis Requirements

Analysis Requirements

Sample Size Requirements

Each test requires different sample quantities and different analysis timelines.

Below you can find a brief description of our services, along with precise instructions on how much sample to send (based on the type of matrix: solid vegetable, liquid, complex, such as creams) and what turnaround times to expect for the delivery of results (keeping in mind that the time starts counting from the arrival of samples at the laboratory).

Packaging and Bottles for Shipment

For all tests on solid/vegetable matrices, use securely sealed bags or the appropriate jars provided by the laboratory.

For all tests on liquid matrices, use bottles, preferably in dark/amber glass and with droppers.

For all tests on complex matrices (e.g., creams), use a screw-top jar or the original container of the product.

For microbiological analysis, make sure to use sterile containers.

Phytocannabinoids
HPLC-UV

How many cannabinoids?

Speed, reliability, and accessibility of tests. We provide accredited HPLC analysis with unbeatable turnaround times and competitive prices.

Required sample quantity

Solid/Vegetable: 3g
Liquid/Complex: 5ml

Analysis time

Standard: 4-5 business days
Express: 2-3 business days

Terpenes
GC-FID

Which aroma?

Quantitative analysis of terpenes for unique product characterization. An essential upgrade for high-level quality control.

Required sample quantity

Solid/Vegetable: 3g
Liquid/Complex: 5ml

Analysis time

Standard: 4-5 business days
Express: 2-3 business days

THC
GC-FID

Authority testing

In line with quality control by authorities and customs. Essential testing for international trade and community regulations.

Required sample quantity

Solid/Vegetable: 3g
Liquid/Complex: 5ml

Analysis time

Standard: 4-5 business days
Express: 2-3 business days

Microbiological

Healthy or contaminated?

Mesophilic aerobes, molds, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacteriaceae.

Required sample quantity

Solid/Vegetable: 25g
Liquid/Complex: 25ml

Analysis time

3-5 (variable) business days

Multi-residues

Pesticides

What remains from cultivation and processing in your products? All those unwanted substances that you wouldn’t want to discover too late.

Required sample quantity

Solid/Vegetable: 25g
Liquid/Complex: 25ml

Analysis time

6 business days

Heavy Metals

The essentials

Lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, tin, and nickel. The main metals whose concentration is essential to evaluate.

Required sample quantity

Solid/Vegetable: 10g
Liquid/Complex: 20ml

Analysis time

10 business days

Residual Solvents

Solvents and gases

Organic volatile chemicals used or produced in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical excipients or pharmaceutical products.

Required sample quantity

Solid/Vegetable: 10g
Liquid/Complex: 10ml

Analysis time

6 business days

Mycotoxins

Fungal metabolites

Structurally related metabolites produced by certain fungi; a health risk given the uses associated with the product.

Required sample quantity

Solid/Vegetable: 10g
Liquid/Complex: 10ml

Analysis time

4 business days

Aflatoxins

(See Mycotoxins)

Noted for their genotoxic and carcinogenic properties. Usually tested together with mycotoxin analysis.

Required sample quantity

Solid/Vegetable: 10g
Liquid/Complex: 10ml

Analysis time

4 business days

Phenols and
Polyphenols

Characterization

Flavonoids, tannins, lignins, etc. Produced by plants, bacteria, fungi, and animals. Important in pharmacological and food contexts.

Required sample quantity

Solid/Vegetable: 10g
Liquid/Complex: 10ml

Analysis time

6 business days

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Combustion residues

Group of mostly non- volatile organic compounds found partly in vapor phase and partly adsorbed onto particulate matter in indoor air.

Required sample quantity

Solid/Vegetable: 10g
Liquid/Complex: 10ml

Analysis time

5 business days

Dioxins
and PCBs

Toxic substances

Toxic chemicals that persist in the environment and cause harmful effects on the nervous, immune, and endocrine systems.

Required sample quantity:

Solid/Vegetable: 10g
Liquid/Complex: 10ml

Analysis time

8 business days

Residual Solvent Analysis

Residual solvents are defined as volatile organic chemicals used or produced in the manufacture of pharmacological substances or excipients or in the preparation of pharmaceutical products.

Quantitative analysis of terpenes GC-FID

Terpene analysis is used to determine the terpene profile of the sample and the intensity of the aroma itself. Terpene analysis is done on 13 terpenes in GC-FID gas chromatography for a unique characterisation of the superior quality product.

Quantitative tetrahydrocannabinol GC-FID analysis

THC analysis in GC-FID, i.e. gas chromatography with flame ionisation detector.

Quantitative tetrahydrocannabinol analyses are prescribed by law and are carried out according to tests in line with national and international quality control, so that the product can be traded internationally and comply with all applicable regulations.

Microbiological analyses

Microbiological analyses are carried out to verify the wholesomeness of the product. The organisms that can be detected are aerobic mesophilic bacteria, yeasts and moulds as well as Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterobacteriaceae.

Quantitative analysis of phytocannabinoids HPLC-UV

The analysis of cannabinoids is also done in HPLC-UV, i.e. high-performance liquid chromatography, which makes it possible to split two or more compounds and get accurate and timely results. We are well aware that sometimes it can take quite a long time to get this kind of analysis.

The aim is to provide a timely and accurate description of the sample we receive through the determination of 12 cannabinoids, plus the values of CBD, CBG, total THC and the percentage of residual moisture in the sample.

Dioxin and PCB analysis

Toxic chemicals persist in the environment and accumulate in the food chain.

Long-term exposure causes a range of harmful effects on the nervous, immune and endocrine systems.

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons analysis

(PAH) are a large group of organic compounds, mostly non-volatile, which in indoor air are found partly in the vapour phase and partly adsorbed on particulate matter.

The main sources are combustion sources.

Phenol and polyphenol analysis

The most widespread polyphenols in nature are flavonoids, tannins, lignins, anthraquinones and melanins.

They are produced by plants, bacteria, fungi and animals. Very important in pharmacology and food.

Aflatoxin analysis

Since aflatoxins are known to have genotoxic and carcinogenic properties, consumer exposure through food must be kept as low as possible.

Ochratoxin analysis

Ochratoxins are a group of structurally related metabolites produced by certain fungi; occasionally they can also be isolated from very common species such as Aspergillus Niger.