Frequently Asked Questions

From 3 to 10 grams based on the test, consult the appropriate page

The amount of sample to be sent varies with the test requested and the sample matrix itself. The matrix is the physical form in which the sample is presented (vegetable, liquid, complex). The different types of tests offered by our laboratory can be consulted HERE, together with all the details on how and how much sample to send. For the analysis of cannabinoids and terpenes, 3g or 5ml of material is sufficient, but for the other tests, 10 to 25 g/ml of product will be needed.

Standard (4-5 days) or express (2-3) days, but not for all tests!

The analysis time starts from the delivery of the samples to the laboratory. For this reason, if we have not collected your samples, we advise you to always ask your courier for a tracking code. Times vary based on the test requested. For cannabinoids and terpenes it is possible to select a standard option (4-5 working days), or express (2-3 working days), paying a small additional fee in the second case.

Microbiological analysis is more sensitive than changes in delivery time, which varies based on the actual observation of colonies and analytes.

Register, add the tests to your cart and proceed to check out

You will have the option to book a courier collection through us, or you can organize yourself. The ready test reports will appear in your reserved area and you will be notified by email. Once the samples have arrived at the lab the testing will begin immediately, but please note that you will not receive the tests until we have verified your payment

In the form of a PDF to be downloaded from the reserved area

In your reserved area (you will have access to it after registering), in the orders and downloads section, you will see your test reports appear, respectively organized according to the various orders placed or their name and other available filters

Strada del Petriccio e Belriguardo 35, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

Our reception is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. But be careful, remember that by shipping on Friday, your samples risk staying for long periods of time in warehouses that are not suitable for storing such delicate and heat- sensitive material. Our advice is to always choose the first days of the week to ship (or book collection).

When checking out, by ticking the appropriate box

It will therefore be necessary to indicate some essential information to complete the pick up. The service is taken care of by GLS courier and is usually always preceded by a telephone notice. It is only possible to book a collection starting from the following day onwards.

Yes, at Accredia in ISO17025

Our tests are accredited by Accredia, the Italian accreditation body, by virtue of our ISO17025 quality certification (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories). The accreditation certifies the technical competence, impartiality and constant and coherent functioning of the Laboratory in relation to the accreditation field indicated in the Test List, available online on the Accredia portal, in the list of accredited test laboratories.

ILAC – International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation is the worldwide association of accreditation bodies of inspection bodies and test and calibration laboratories

Yes, but they are not enough. The analysis serves to verify the concentrations of THC in self-monitoring

The analysis of cannabinoids, especially for growers, processing laboratories and suchlike, are tests carried out in self-control, which do not act as a “pass” for the sale. In other words, the cannabinoid analysis is not an approved distribution notification, but only a test to check that the THC levels of the product are within the limits permitted by law, in case of an inspection by the police and for ensure health and safety for buyers and the market.

Basically, having removed the commercial need to characterize a product to make it more interesting and transport it more easily thanks to the attached documentation, the only burden of the buyer or seller is to make sure that the THC levels of the products are within the limits.

The analysis, on the other hand, is a sine qua non condition for the distribution of a galenic product transformed into a pharmacy, which will require a titration carried out with specific analytical methods by ministerial decree and pharmacopoeia.

Limit of Quantification

It is the lowest analyte concentration that can be quantitatively detected with a stated accuracy and precision. In other words, it is the lowest concentration of the molecule sought through the analysis, at which the instrument is able to guarantee a certain specific measurement reliability.

The “A” indicates the cannabinoid in acid form. The total, in LC (liquid chromatography), is calculated with a formula available on the certificate of analysis
In the plant and plant material in general, prior to decarboxylation, most cannabinoids are in their acid form. These molecules are therefore characterized by a hydroxyl group which they will possibly lose later on with the action of heat, light, time, etc. In the test report of an analysis carried out in liquid chromatography you will find acid forms (with the final A, like THCA) and not, for each cannabinoid, especially the main ones.

The total is calculated using a precise formula and a specific coefficient (0.866), useful for simulating the conversion of the acid cannabinoid and its weight loss. In gas chromatography, decarboxylation occurs during the injection of the analyte itself, so the result will directly report the total amount of cannabinoids, without making any distinctions.

Nothing necessarily. Tags, invoice and passport if you want.

All the material you attach will be archived and may be useful to you in the future, especially the photo of the seed tags, the related purchase invoices or the European plant passport. As far as we are concerned, once the order has been completed online or by completing the paper form, the customer automatically declares that he has read our general conditions and that he belongs to one of the listed categories of growers, retailers, processors, etc.

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.