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    Resources: Testing Services

    We offer full scale testing for your hemp needs. 

    Testing services we offer

    Cannabinoid Potency
    Dry Weight Potency (flower) (USDA)
    Residual Solvent Analysis
    Moisture Content
    More Coming Soon!

    Cannabinoids we test

    CBC
    CBCA
    CBD
    CBDA
    CBDV
    CBDVA
    CBG
    CBGA
    CBL
    CBLA


    CBN
    CBNA
    CBT
    D8-THC
    D9-THC
    THCV
    THCVA
    THCA

    Solvents we test

    Acetone
    Acetonitrile
    Benzene
    Butane
    Butane 2-Methyl-
    Ethanol, Heptane,
    Hexane, Isobutane
    Isopropyl Alcohol
    Methanol

    M-Xylene
    Neopentane
    O-Xylene
    Pentane
    Pentane 3-Methyl-
    Propane
    P-Xylene
    Toluene

    Sample Submission Process & Guidelines

    Our Submission Process

    We have a completely traceable sample submission process.
    Submitting a lab order takes about 10-20 minutes.

    It is important to make sure your samples are submitted correctly so test results are accurate, secure and un-disputable.

    Why Is Sample Submission Process Important?

    Our process provides traceability of each sample from the customer to our laboratory. This protects both parties to ensure all samples are correctly documented, transported, & tested.

    Size Requirements

    Sample Size Requirements

    It is necessary that your sample size meets our minimum sample size requirements, which varies based on the type of test requested and the sample matrix being submitted.

    Potency:
    Flower: 6 grams
    Extracts: 1 gram (Crude, Winterized, Distillate, Isolate)
    Concentrates: 1 gram: (Any terpene infused smokable product)
    Edibles: 2 full pieces
    Tinctures: 1 mL
    Topicals: 5 grams
    Seeds: 5 grams
    Water Soluble Products: 1 gram

    Residual Solvent Analysis:
    1 gram for all sample types
    *Contact our support and let us know if your product contains water.

    Moisture Content
    Flower: 6 grams

    Shelf-Life Studies
    3 months – 2 units
     6 months – 3 units
    9 months – 4 units
    12 months – 5 units
    24 months – 6 units
    Units = Full Products
          **Not covered under the scope of Iso 17025:2017**

    Preparing Samples

    Let's Prepare Your Sample The Correct Way

    Please make sure your samples are in the correct amount, packaged correctly, labeled correctly, and pack well for transport. 

    Sample Size Requirements

    Your sample will need to meet our minimum sample size requirements for each lab test you order. Each product type has different submission requirements per analysis.

    Please review our requirements below to know exactly how much of the product we will need.

    Sample Packging

    Primary Container

    • Please submit your samples in reinforced, resealable, labeled containers that are suitable for your product matrix.
    • Screw-cap containers and/or luer-lock syringes 
    • Liquid samples must be sent in a syringe with luer-lock or sealable jar.

    Secondary Container

    • To prevent breaking or leaking in transit, please reinforce your primary containers properly, e.g. bubble wrap.
    • Use a watertight/leak-proof container or sealable mylar envelope.
    • Contact customer support is sample is perishable.

    *Samples damaged in delivery cannot be tested, we contact you to request another sample in this instance. 

    Sample Labeling

    Each sample should be clearly marked with:

    • Company name
    • Sample name
    • Batch (if applicable)
    • Amount/Weight
    • Tests Requested

    Pack It Well

    Please pack you samples in a way to protect from damage while in transit.

    Include Sample Submission Form

    Please make sure to include your sample submission form with your samples.

    Submitting Sample Online

    Each Sample Must Be Submitted Online

    You must register an account on our website toorder lab tests.

    Each Sample Must Be Submitted Online

    Once registered, please login to our website, and click the “lab portal” link in the site  navigation.

    Account Registration

    To be able to submit samples you must first register your company with us at minovalabs.com/register

    Login Page

    To submit samples you must be logged into our website here: minovalabs.com/lab-portal

    Create A New Order Request

    You can create a new lab order, submit samples, and order tests by selecting “new order request” in our portal.

    New Order Request | Lab Portal

    Enter in the rolling info:
    Order Notes –  Let us know if you need anything special done with your order or samples.
    Acceptance – Click the checkbox to acknowledge you are sending your samples in accordance with federal 2018 Farm Bill.

    Click the “Create order request draft” button, and your initial lab-order will be created. 

    Add Samples To Your Order

    Now you can add samples to you order.
    In the now visible “Samples” section, please click “Add” and select the number of samples you want to add.
    Now you can enter all of your sample’s data:

    • Sample Name – As labeled on your submitted sample
    • Batch ID – As labeled on your submitted sample
    • Sample Type – Please select which product category the sample matches
    • Testing Purposes – Please select the reason you are testing the product, (R&D or Compliance).

    Order Tests

    After you have uploaded sample data into the portal you will see a “Tests” section where you can add differs tests to your samples.

    Click the “select analysis” button. and search for a test you are ordering.

    • Potency – 15 or 18  – select 2 or 5 day turnaround times
    • Residual solvents  – select 2 or 5 day turnaround times
    • Moisture Content – select 2 or 5 day turnaround times
    • Shelf-Life Studies – select 2 or 5 day turnaround times

    Click “Save” on the left hand side, then click “Submit” – Nice, your lab order is in our system

    Delivering Samples

    Make Sure To Mail Your Sample Properly

    Accepted Shipping Services

    You can mail your samples using USPS, UPS, or FedEx.

    Include You Sample Documentation

    fter entering your order online, print the sample submission receipt and include with your samples.

    Consider including any documentation that you may have that will identify your samples as hemp or hemp-derived. This could be any state or international cultivation/manufacturing licenses or previous certificates of analysis. If your package gets selected for inspection, postal inspectors won’t know whether your shipment is a legal product or an illegal one without documentation.

    Using The Customer Portal

    Account Registration & Login

    Go to our website, www.botanacor.com, and in the upper right hand corner you will see a menu item labeled, “Client Login”. You can also login at: https://clients.botanacor.com.

    Adding Users

    By request, you can add as many email addresses to the distribution list within your company as you’d like. Written approval is required by a manager to add email addresses to the distribution list. Note: It is your responsibility to notify Botanacor of changes to your distribution list.

    Submitting Lab Orders

    Proper drying and milling of your hemp sample will ensure that we can provide an accurate measurement. Our recommendation is that you should refer to your state’s Dept. of Ag sample preparation procedures. Can Botanacor dry and mill my sample for me? Due to the high volume of samples that we test on a daily basis, we cannot provide any addition sample preparation steps outside of our own validated SOPs. We test your sample in the state that we receive it in.

    Accessing Lab Results

    Proper drying and milling of your hemp sample will ensure that we can provide an accurate measurement. Our recommendation is that you should refer to your state’s Dept. of Ag sample preparation procedures. Can Botanacor dry and mill my sample for me? Due to the high volume of samples that we test on a daily basis, we cannot provide any addition sample preparation steps outside of our own validated SOPs. We test your sample in the state that we receive it in.

    Downloading Lab Results

    Proper drying and milling of your hemp sample will ensure that we can provide an accurate measurement. Our recommendation is that you should refer to your state’s Dept. of Ag sample preparation procedures. Can Botanacor dry and mill my sample for me? Due to the high volume of samples that we test on a daily basis, we cannot provide any addition sample preparation steps outside of our own validated SOPs. We test your sample in the state that we receive it in.

    Billing

    Paying For Lab Orders

    Include a check with your sample submission.
    Pay by phone. Our accounting department will email an invoice to the billing contact on file within 3 business days. Once you receive your invoice, call: 888-800-8223 extension 1 for accounting and they will process your payment.

    Accepted payment Methods

    Credit cards – Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, or Discover.

    Checks

    Payment Terms

    Payment for all Services is due at the time of Order and must be received prior to the release of testing results.

    Do you offer pre-approved credit?

    Yes. For Clients with pre-approved credit from Botanacor, terms are net 15 days from the date of invoice unless otherwise stated on that invoice. Client agrees to pay a fee of 1.5% per month (18% annual rate) against all outstanding balances from the date such balance is due until paid.

    There is an additional $25.00 charge for any returned checks. Client agrees that it will pay Botanacor for all costs of collection (including attorney fees and court costs) Botanacor incurs to collect amounts owed hereunder.

    Lab Reports

    Our CoAs include:

    Reading CoAs

    Lab Reports (CoAs)

    The term COAs refer to “Certificates of Analysis”, which are lab reports of finalized tests.  CoAs are authentication documents that confirm the analytical results of a specific test on a product batch/lot. These documents are issued by Botanacor’s Quality Assurance department.
    We designed our CoA’s to be minimalistic and easy to comprehend, whether you’re a manufacturer, government official, or consumer. Our certificates of analysis have three main components:

    What they look like
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    Overview

    Laboratory reports are commonly referred to as “Certificates of Analysis” or “CoA’s” for short. A CoA is an authenticated document that presents the analytical results of a specific test on a product batch/lot. These documents are issued by Botanacor’s Quality Assurance department.

    We designed our CoA’s to be minimalistic and easy to comprehend, whether you’re a manufacturer, government official, or consumer. Our certificates of analysis have three main components:

    Sample Information
    Test Information
    Final Approval
    Sample Information

    The Sample Information section provides details about the sample, the type of product submitted, and the test method used.

    Sample Name – This is the name of the sample that was provided by the client on our Chain of Custody form.

    Batch ID – The Batch ID is provided by the client for internal tracking or GMP requirements.

    Reported – The date the Certificate of Analysis was reported to the client. The date format will be DD-MMM-YYYY, for example 01-Jan-2020.

    Type – The Type refers to the matrix of the sample that was submitted. The categories are: plant, concentrate, solution, or unit.

    Test – This field will list the type of test that was performed, e.g. Potency, Terpenes, etc.

    Test ID – The Test ID is a unique identifier for the sample and a requirement for ISO 17025.

    Method – Each of our testing methods has a number that links to our SOPs. For example, “TM14” is our Cannabinoid Potency method. This number is also listed on our Scope of Accreditation for ISO 17025.

    Test Information

    The second section of our Certificate of Analysis will contain the data for the type of test that we performed.

    Cannabinoid Potency
    Terpene Profile Analysis
    Residual Solvent Analysis
    Microbial Contamination
    Pesticides
    Heavy Metals
    Cannabinoid Potency

    Donut Chart – This chart displays several data points. The donut ring will display each cannabinoid reported. Inside the donut we provide either the total cannabinoids reported in a percentage or for finished products, it will report the total milligrams of CBD.

    Bar Chart – The bar chart is mainly for compliance purposes. It presents delta-9 THC, THCA, CBD, and CBDA.

    LOQ – LOQ means, “Limit of Quantitation”. This is the lowest level that we can accurately quantitate (or count) for each analyte that we report. The LOQ varies from sample to sample based on the weight and the dilution factor used for testing.

    Result (%) – This column displays the analyte reported in a percentage format.

    Result (mg/g) – This column displays the analyte reported in a milligram per gram amount.

    Result (mg/mL) – When provided the density of the sample, we can display results in milligrams per milliliter.

    Total Cannabinoids – The total cannabinoids section will display two values, Total “Potential” THC, and Total “Potential” CBD. This contains the theoretical conversion of THCA into delta-9 THC and CBDA into CBD.

    To calculate the total potential for each, use the following equations:

    [delta-9 THC] + [(THCA * 0.877)] = Total Potential THC
    [CBD] + [(CBDA * 0.877)] = Total Potential CBD

    Terpene Profile Analysis

    Donut Chart – This chart visually displays each terpene reported and inside the donut chart will be the total terpenes reported in a percentage.

    Bar Chart – The bar chart will list the 10 predominant terpenes.

    LOQ – LOQ means, “Limit of Quantitation”. This is the lowest level that we can accurately quantitate (or count) for each analyte that we report. The LOQ varies from sample to sample based on the weight and the dilution factor used for testing.

    Result (%) – This column displays the analyte reported in a percentage format.

    Result (mg/g) – This column displays the analyte reported in a milligram per gram amount.

    Residual Solvent Analysis

    Reportable Range – Each solvent that we test has an upper and lower range of detection that is reported in ppm or parts per million.

    ppm – Parts per million. The unit of measure for residual solvent analysis.

    Microbial Contamination

    CFU – Colony Forming Unit. The unit of measure for microbial contamination testing.

    Q: How do I read my results?
    A: We report microbial results in colony forming units per gram (CFU/g). The result is reported using scientific notation.

    Examples:
    10^2 = 100 CFU
    10^3 = 1,000 CFU
    10^4 = 10,000 CFU
    10^5 = 100,000 CFU

    Sample results:
    1.3 x 10^4 = 13,000 CFU
    2.2 x 10^5 = 220,000 CFU

    Q: What is a safe limit of microbials?
    A: Each state/country will have guidance on what is considered a safe limit of microbials. It is best to consult your state/country’s regulations to determine the allowable limit. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has a document that provides guidance for allowable limits of microbials. [link]

    Pesticides

    We report pesticides in parts per billion (ppb).

    PPB – parts per billion

    Limit of Detection – 50 – 2500

    Q: What is a safe limit?
    A: Each state/country will have guidance on what is considered a safe limit of pesticides. It is best to consult your state/country’s regulations to determine the allowable limit.

    Heavy Metals

    We report heavy metals results in parts per million (ppm). Some laboratories will report in micrograms (μg.)

    PPM – Parts per million.

    Reporting limit – 0.01ppm

    Q: What is a safe limit?
    A: Each state/country will have guidance on what is considered a safe limit of heavy metals. It is best to consult your state/country’s regulations to determine the allowable limit. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has a document that provides guidance for California’s Prop 65. Heavy Metals guidance is on page 10. [link]

    Final Approval

    The third section of our Certificate of Analysis is the Final Approval.

    Prepared by/Date – The signature and name of the analyst that performed the test.

    Approved by/Date – The signature and name of the quality assurance analyst that reviewed the test data.

    *need more information or have questions on our resources? contact us today!

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