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Cannabis and Hemp Testing Laboratory

SRC Environmental Analytical Laboratories has provided lab analysis services for over 60 years, with more than 10 years of experience in the cannabis and hemp industries. The laboratory offers several tests on cannabis and cannabis oil and is in the process of developing, validating and obtaining accreditation for several more test methods that are important to industry. 

We have over 65 trained and qualified staff to ensure your samples are analyzed quickly, efficiently and accurately.We're here to answer any questions you have about our services. 

SRC is licenced to conduct analytical testing for cannabis and is also considered a government laboratory per Health Canada and the Cannabis Act.

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Cannabis Testing Services You Can Rely On

Our lab completes routine testing for heavy metals in cannabis plant material and cannabis oil through our regular testing process. View our fact sheet for a detailed list of tests available.

We offer clients a wide range of services using state-of-the-art technology. Our lab has the analytical capacity to test for:

  • Potency (THC/THCA, CBD/CBDA) and Cannabinoid Profiles
  • Pesticides - all 96 pesticide active ingredients that have a Limit of Quantitation (LOQ) identified by Health Canada
  • Aflatoxins
  • Terpenes
  • Heavy and Trace Metals
  • Microbial Testing 
  • Residual Solvents
  • Other components and contaminants on a wide variety of hemp and cannabis products
  • Water, Soil and Air Testing

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Get in touch and we’d be happy to discuss your requirements.

Submitting Samples

When you use our lab for analytical testing, we will provide you with a complimentary sample submission kit (shipping is not included). Contact us to request a
quote and sample kit. 

Sample size 

  • It is recommended to submit approximately 30 grams of dried cannabis or 10-20 mL cannabis oil for testing. 
  • Tests for oil rancidity require more volume and 75-100 mL of oil is recommended for this test. 

Sample Submission and Handling 

  • A completed Chain of Custody form must accompany all sample submissions. Please fill in all fields. 
  • Sample analysis is normally complete within 5 to 7 business days. For faster turnaround, a rush service is available for an additional charge. 
  • Samples are held for a minimum of 30 days after results are reported. To comply with regulatory requirements, all samples are destroyed 90 days after reporting.

Quality Assurance 

SRC Environmental Analytical Laboratories has extensive quality assurance and quality control procedures that are part of our accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. We’re accredited by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA) for a wide variety of tests.

A complete scope of our accredited tests is listed on the accreditation directory on the CALA website

DNA TESTING SERVICES

DNA testing technologies deliver rapid, cost-effective and consistent solutions to help cannabis companies maximize competitiveness. SRC Environmental Analytical Laboratories works alongside SRC Biotechnology Laboratories to provide DNA-based tests that enable plant sex-type, varietal test development and strain traceability. 

We employ genomic technology to enhance quality assurance in the cannabis industry. DNA-based testing coupled with high-resolution biochemical profiling can be used to detect the presence of disease or contaminants. 

  • Total aerobic microbial count             
  • Total combined yeast and mold count
  • Bile-tolerant gram-negative bacteria 
  • E.coli (presence and absence)
  • Salmonella spp. (presence and absence)

Cannabis sampling testing and submission Faq

The laboratory currently offers several tests on cannabis and cannabis oil and is in the process of developing, validating and obtaining accreditation for several more test methods that are important to industry. All test methods are validated before use. View our fact sheet for more detailed info about our tests.

We provide analytical testing for:

  • Potency and Cannabinoid Profiles
  • Pesticides
  • Aflatoxins
  • Terpenes
  • Metals
  • Microbial Testing 
  • Residual Solvents
  • Other components and contaminants on a wide variety of hemp and cannabis products

Pricing varies depending on which tests are required. Please contact the lab to discuss pricing.

Our lab accepts a variety of samples for testing, including dried cannabis, cannabis oil and hemp.

We can also test water, soil and air.

Yes, hemp can be tested to assess THC and CBD content as well as for other cannabinoids and various contaminants.  

1. When you use our lab for analytical testing, we will provide you with a complimentary sample submission kit (shipping is not included). Contact us to request a quote and sample kit.

2. Place your sample in the container provided with this kit. A representative sample of the product is needed for accurate results.

Sample size requirements:

•    It is recommended to submit approximately 30 grams of dried cannabis or 10-20 mL cannabis oil for testing. 
•    Tests for oil rancidity require more volume and 75-100 mL of oil is recommended for this test.

3. A completed Chain of Custody form must accompany all sample submissions. Please fill in all fields. If you have questions about the form, please contact the lab.

4. Send your sample to our laboratory at:
SRC Environmental Analytical Laboratories
143-111 Research Drive
Saskatoon, Sask. S7N 3R2
Phone: 306- 933-6932

Samples are held for a minimum of 30 days after results are reported. To comply with regulatory requirements, all samples are destroyed 90 days after reporting.

Sample analysis is normally complete within 5 to 7 business days. For faster turnaround, we offer a rush service for an additional charge. Contact us for more information.

Results are reported by e-mail to the address provided on the Chain of Custody form submitted with the samples.

If you have questions about regulatory requirements, please contact Health Canada. 
Health Canada 
Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch
A.L. 0300A
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
Fax: 613-941-6840
Email: cannabis@canada.ca

For questions about your results or our laboratory testing procedures and sampling methods, contact us: 

SRC Environmental Analytical Laboratories
143-111 Research Drive
Saskatoon, Sask. S7N 3R2
Phone: 306-933-6932 or toll-free 1-800-240-8808
Email

SRC Environmental Analytical Laboratories is accredited by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA) in accordance with the ISO/IEC 17025 standard (the internationally recognized standard for testing and calibration laboratories) for numerous tests as listed on the CALA website www.cala.ca

The laboratory has an extensive quality assurance and quality control program that are part of our accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard.
All test methods are validated before use.  

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) is licenced to conduct analytical testing for cannabis and is also considered a government laboratory per Health Canada and the Cannabis Act.

  • Liquid chromatography/triple quad mass spectrometry instrumentation (used by Health Canada to develop its method of analyzing pesticides in medical cannabis) 
  • Several Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) instruments for quantifying ultra-low levels of contaminants, such as heavy metals for high-capacity throughput 
  • Gas chromatography  
  • Ion Cyclotron Resonance (ICR) mass spectrometer provides uniquely specialized capabilities in identifying and determining a broad range of contaminants within a sample