Our ISO 17025 Accredited laboratory tests for 14 different cannabinoids including THC and CBD to provide a broader spectrum of products

The benefits of working with ADACT

1. Quality assurance with ISO Accredited testing laboratory

In our pursuit of excellence, we take the pharmaceutical approach to CBD testing. Testing is performed in our ISO 17025 accredited laboratory – our equipment is regularly calibrated and validated both internally and externally for complete quality assurance. Every step in our CBD testing is fully documented and standardised to give more accurate and reliable results.

2. We test for fourteen cannabinoids

Our lab uses High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) to test for fourteen different cannabinoids, which provides a broader spectrum of each product:

  • Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
  • Cannabidivarinic acid (CBDVA)
  • Cannabigerol (CBG)
  • Cannabidiol (CBD)
  • Tetrahyrdocannabivarin (THCV)
  • Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)
  • Cannabigerolic acid (CBGA)
  • Cannabinol (CBN)
  • Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC )
  • Δ8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC)
  • Tetrahydrocannabivarinic acid (THCVA )
  • Cannabichromene (CBC)
  • Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA)
  • Cannabachromenic acid (CBCA)

3. Making science simple: What is HPLC and how does it work?

HPLC is a technique in analytical chemistry used to separate, identify and quantify compounds in mixtures. How HPLC works: Each cannabinoid has a slightly different chemical structure, similar but different. HPLC works by forcing the mixture through a column. A column is a tightly packed bed of very small inert beads. Due to the differences in chemical structure, and hence their physical shape, the different compounds travel through the column at different speeds. By applying a constant pressure and temperature to the chemicals being forced through, you can record the retention time of each chemical as it passes through.

At the other side of the column is a detector – this gives you a signal as something comes out of the column. The more of something that comes out, the stronger the signal. So, by combining these two effects, you know at what time each compound come out – and from the strength of the signal how much of each compound is present – that is the basis of HPLC.

We train the system by putting standards for each compound through the system. These standards are very high purity chemicals and allow us to calibrate the system and tighten the accuracy of our results.

4. Testing-in-triplicate for more accurate, reliable results

We pioneered testing-in-triplicate for CBD products – a product is sampled three times before the results are pooled into a single-average figure. Every sample is double injected – each individual sample goes through our equipment twice.

Making science simple: Each sample is tested six times to reduce the variability of results – this allows us to identify rogue results with greater ease. We are also able to test closer to legal limits with greater accuracy.

If only a single test is performed, the result maybe unstable and inaccurate, or a rogue reading may occur. This means the tests must be repeated causing further delay and expenditure.

5. Certification

Our gold standard service is no more than a single sample testing. Once testing has been concluded, a formal certificate is issued. Our commitment to high pharmaceutical standards provides results that our clients can rely on and trust.

Standard CBD testing

Cannabinoid standard tests: isolate/distillate, CBD oil, e-liquid, cosmetics, CBD paste, drinks, water soluble CBD, capsules, edibles (gummies, chocolates etc), tea, coffee beans, any other food produce.

Other CBD testing

Our other testing includes: full cosmetic testing & notification on EU portal, terpenes, solvents, GPSR compliant emissions testing, heavy metals, pesticides.

Legal facts about CBD

The cannabidiol (CBD) market is governed by wide-ranging global regulations. Here are some key legal aspects:

  • CBD is not illegal in the UK. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the illegal component of cannabis (marijuana) and must be below 0.2%
  • Finished products are covered by the Controlled Drugs Act 1985 which states that levels must be below 1mg in the final product
  • The Foods Standard Agency says levels must be below 0.2% for finished food products which contradicts the Controlled Drugs Act and creates a grey area
  • It is not legal to use isolate for products intended for oral consumption. In these instances, distillate or oil-based products should be used instead
  • In the UK you are not permitted to make any medical claims and to do this, you must apply for a medical license and conduct stringent testing
  • Products are covered by General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR) 2005 and as such, they require a toxicology assessment and emissions testing

Our Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society membership

Since 2019 ADACT has been a registered member of The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society (MCCS). Through this leading network of UK clinicians, MCCS is dedicated to changing lives with medical cannabis treatments. Their mission is to bring safe, legal and effective cannabis treatments to end users by providing evidence, education, training, guidance and support.

We can help your business succeed

We care about our customers and ensuring they have access to affordable compliance services to enable their businesses to grow.

Compliance strengthens brands – consumers naturally have a higher level of confidence in tested, approved products. Compliant products have a leading edge in the market place, when compared to non-tested brands and products.

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Experts in science

Consult with a compliance agency with an excellent in-depth understanding of the science behind their work.

Reliable results

Our testing is completed in our own state of the art ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, providing results you can trust.

Numbers to trust

We have immense experience in providing compliance with over 1,500,000 TPD notifications since May 2016.

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