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How to Apply for a Hemp Laboratory License

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An industrial hemp testing laboratory permit shall allow a laboratory to receive industrial hemp or industrial hemp product from a licensed industrial hemp grower or processor in order to conduct compliance testing as required by Section 4-41- 103.1, Rule R68-22, and Sections R68-24-6, R68-25-9, R68-26-4, R68-26-6, and R68-32-8.29.

All items in the checklist below must be completed before an application will be accepted by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF). UDAF will review completed applications within 30 days and offer revisions if needed. The Industrial Hemp Lab Licensing Fee is $2,500.  You can call 801-982-2206 to make the payment or send in a check. 

Laboratory Application Requirements:

Please attach the following documents to your application:

a) Proof of DEA registration in accordance with the Controlled Substances Act, 21 USC 823 (f), 21 CFR 1301.13, and 7 CFR 990.
b) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for each and all tests being conducted
c) Standard Operating Procedure for retesting hemp material

Please note that SOPs need to be consistent with Cannabis Inflorescence: Standards of Identity, Analysis, and Quality Control, 2014 Revisions, published by the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia.

SOPs should include:
i) How the lab will measure total THC concentration in a pre-harvest sample submitted for analysis
ii) How the lab performs chemical analysis on the sample using post decarboxylation or other similarly reliable methods where total THC concentration level considers the potential to convert delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) into THC, and how the test results will reflect the total available THC derived from the sum of the THC and THCA content
iii) How the lab will test final products and measure total composite tetrahydrocannabinol, and how the total delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration level is determined and reported on a dry weight basis
iiii) How the lab will grind any pre- or post-harvest testing samples to ensure homogeneity of plant  material prior to testing
v) How the lab will measure uncertainty and how the THC concentration test results will be reported
(Method may include one listed on AOAC website or an equivalent method approved by the department. The range of the measurement of uncertainty is reported as a +/- value and shall use the same unit as the hemp THC threshold, such as +/- 0.05, following best practices for significant figures and rounding.)
vi) How the lab uses appropriate, validated methods and procedures for testing activities and the process of evaluating measurements of uncertainty
vii) How the lab will follow validated analytical methods, such as those published by AOAC, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or another reputable scientific organization. Please notify the Department of an alternative scientifically valid testing methodology the lab is following for each required test. The laboratory may not use an alternative testing method without prior review from the department and shall only be considered if it is comparable to the baseline mandated in the 2018 Farm Bill and established under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Final Rule establishing a Domestic Hemp Production Program published at 7 CFR Part 990.
viii) When material will be placed in storage and how material will be secured

d) Quality Assurance Protocols that include:

i) How the lab will ensure the validity and reliability of test results
ii) How the lab will ensure consistent, accurate, and analytical performance
iii) How the lab will execute an effective disposal procedure, in accordance with state and federal laws for
non-compliant samples

e) Provide documentation that the proposed laboratory has obtained and maintained the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025:2017 Accreditation. A laboratory may be permitted prior to 17025:2017 provided the laboratory can provide proof of adopting and following minimum good laboratory practices which satisfy the OECD Principles of Good Laboratory Practice and Compliance Monitoring published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and becomes ISO 17025:2017 accredited within 18 months.

f) Criminal history background documents: The criminal history report cannot be older than three months from date of application. The applicant shall be 18 years of age or older and cannot be convicted of a felony or drug-related misdemeanor within the last 10 years. A background check must be provided for the license holder as well as all employees with access to material above .3% THC

g) Blueprint of laboratory: outline where testing is will take place, storage location of hemp materials, security features etc.


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