California cannabis compliance testing

From the initial planning to a final report, our goal is to support your organizational, brand, and strategic goals with data. Our testing capacity, instrument redundancy, quality program, and cus­tomer service ensure that we can meet your R&D and in-process QA/QC requirements as well as compliance needs.

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The SC Labs difference

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Integrated Technology Platform

Our proprietary Client Service Portal (CSP) is packed full of features to make your life easy.

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Results Delivered Quickly

Same-day scheduling, 3-day standard turnaround, as well as 1- and 2-day rush options on most tests.

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Expansive Sampler & Courier Network

From San Diego to the Emerald Triangle, expertly trained samplers can come to you on your schedule.

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Technical Service & Support

Proactive data review, remediation strategy review, and root cause analysis on all failing results.

Compliance Testing

SC Labs test panels meet the requirements for cannabis or cannabis products as required by California’s Department of Cannabis Control (DCC), which includes a laboratory-performed sampling of a cannabis batch to ensure a representative sample is obtained. Our laboratory staff member seals the batch and transports the sample back to the lab where the required tests are performed.

Product TypePotencyPesticidesMycotoxinsResidual SolventsHeavy MetalsMicrobialsForeign MaterialWater ActivityMoisture Content
Non-Inhalables (solid)
Non-Inhalables (liquid)
Flower/Trim
Concentrate
Pre-roll

What is a compliance batch?

A compliance batch is a single unit of market-ready harvest cannabis or a manufactured product.

Harvest Batch Sizes

A harvest batch includes flowers (packaged and unpackaged), trim, leaf material, and kief.

Batch SizeIncrementMin Sample Size
≤ 10 lbs815.9 g
10.1 – 20 lbs1631.8 g
20.1 – 30 lbs2347.7 g
30.1 – 40 lbs2963.6 g
40.1 – 50 lbs3479.5 g

SAMPLE SIZE = 0.0035 X BATCH SIZE
BATCH MAXIMUM SIZE = 50 lbs

  • Our lab requires at least 14 grams of plant material to perform all necessary tests.
  • Sampler must collect the minimum number of increments.
  • Unpacked harvest batches should be sampled from bulk container for efficiency.

Manufactured Batch Sizes

A manufactured product includes concentrates, cartridges, pre-rolls, edibles, and all other products not naturally produced by the cannabis plant.

Batch SizeMin Sample Size
≤ 50 units2 units
51 – 150 units3 units
151 – 500 units5 units
501 – 1,200 units8 units
1,201 – 3,200 units13 units
3,201 – 10,000 units20 units
10,001 – 35,000 units32 units
35,001 – 150,000 units50 units
  • Our lab requires a minimum sample of 10 grams of viscous extracts, 16 grams of infused product, and 18 grams for vape cartridges.
  • Sampling is conducted on products in final retail form.

Same-day sample pickup available

Under current California regulations, all samples must be collected from the licensee’s premises by a licensed lab sampler.

We offer a vast network of trained samplers spanning across California, and we’ll work with you to find a convenient day and time to perform the sampling event.

Sample Vans

  • Humboldt
  • Santa Rosa
  • Sacramento
  • Bay Area
  • Central Valley
  • Santa Barbara
  • Greater Los Angeles
  • Palm Springs
  • San Diego

Dropping off samples?

100 Pioneer St., Ste. E
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

P: (866) 435-0709

M-F: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

In-house METRC support

METRC (Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting Compliance) is a web-based, state-mandated software platform. It’s utilized by several states in which we have labs, so we’re not only knowledgeable about the system, but also have direct access if we need to escalate an issue. Have questions about your lab results in METRC? Please contact us, we’re happy to help!