VRX Labs provides the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) testing for all cannabis products legally sold in the state of California.
Whether our DCC licensed customers are looking for detailed Quality Assurance (R&D) Panels or looking for a full DCC panel COA, VRX Labs is the Southern California scientific leader in the lab testing industry.
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VRX Labs is committed to defining testing standards for all legal cannabis and cannabis products. Conceived with scientific and medical expertise, VRX Labs brings to the California market what many Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) license holders need— Accurate, Consistent, and Efficient (ACE) methodology and results.
Why VRX Labs
Second, our investment in state-of-the-art equipment. We utilize equipment from industries that are required to quickly and accurately measure quantities in an analyte to a part per billion. This accuracy, along with high expectations, has defined the culture and ethic of VRX Labs. With the DCC beginning to audit results and requiring minimal variation from state and audited results, the scientific methods utilized by VRX Labs are critical to successfully producing accurate and consistent results.
Third, our commitment to you. VRX Labs’ commitment to our customers extends well beyond providing accurate test results. We understand that your reputation depends on the quality of the products you provide. We take the time to consult with you on your specific testing needs and develop methods to meet them. VRX Lab scientists take it a step further to review long-term collective data, identify trends and patterns, and provide actionable information to our customers that allows them to adjust processes and maximize production while minimizing variances.
VRX Labs’ commitment to ACE is not only a tagline, but it is also how we approach the work we do for BCC license holders.
Why We Test Products
Medical and recreational use of cannabis has been legalized in an increasing number of states. In the absence of federal regulatory framework, each individual state has developed their own guidelines for cannabis including goods production, labeling, and sales, as well as safety and quality testing. States that have implemented a regulatory framework to ensure legal cannabis products are safe for consumption require several standards to be satisfied. To satisfy these standards, all cannabis products must be tested prior to going to retail to ensure safety and conformity within state guidelines. VRX Labs provides the reliable results needed by DCC license holders to sell their product at licensed retailers in the state.
Many DCC license holders have heard of the “micro” test. This test is to identify certain organic contaminants that pose a significant danger to humans. The presence of fungal spores in cannabis product, specifically Aspergillus and E. Coli, are pathogens. Such known human pathogens have been linked through cannabis use by immunocompromised consumers to overwhelming and potentially fatal systemic fungal infections. As the use of medical and recreational cannabis expands to reach cancer patients and other vulnerable populations, these pathogens will remain a significant concern. Microbiological testing identifies whether these organisms exist in the analyte and the extent of contamination. While it is unlikely to have a zero result, the threshold imposed by the DCC and other cannabis regulatory bodies is fairly low for a test to indicate the presence of such contaminants.
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California’s Mandatory Testing Framework for All Upstream License Holders
Various states have approached the above safety concerns differently. However, a common thread is that testing should be undertaken by state-licensed independent testing laboratories.
In the State of California, the governing body is the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC), created to develop a set of proposed regulations for cannabis testing. These rules specify a scientifically determined framework for cannabis testing labs to operate in, with the expressed purpose of ensuring high standards of data accuracy and reproducibility.
Additionally, the DCC has required that testing labs are ISO 17025 Accredited. ISO 17025 is an internationally recognized accreditation proving the competency of testing labs. This is to ensure accurate and consistent results independent of industry pressures and to prevent the sales of potentially harmful products to consumers.