Garden Grove, CA–Alkemist Labs announced in a press release that it was teaming up with Nutrasource, a Canadian contract research organization, to launch the International Cannabinoid Analysis Program (ICAP). This third-party verification program, according to the release, is designed to support “accurate, verifiable label claims regarding the content of THC in ingredients and finished products.” ICAP will make it possible to provide consumers with freely available third-party verified testing results, with a goal to increase confidence and improve decision making in the cannabis products market.
Alkemist Labs explained that ICAP tests cannabis, hemp and their extracts or derivative products to ensure they contain less than 0.20% delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, in alignment with the European regulations.
Samples are being accepted starting this week for the beta-testing group, according to the announcement. Successful beta participants will be the first companies to appear on Nutrasource’s certification website, with their testing results readily available for transparency-seeking consumers. The program will launch widely in September.
“Clearly accurate testing in this product category is a concern, as evidenced by several comments at the recent FDA meeting on CBD regulation,” said Elan Sudberg, Alkemist Labs CEO, in the release. “The expertise of our two companies working together brings a high level of credibility to this program.”
William Rowe, President and CEO of Nutrasource, added, “We are honoured to be working with Alkemist Labs on this exciting and very necessary initiative providing consumers key information pertaining to THC compliance while offering companies a conduit to showcase quality and batch-to-batch consistency in a third party manner. We have adopted the EU cut off of 0.2% THC by concentration which then also covers the US market’s 0.3% limit. The program will greatly assist consumers with their choices relating to THC content and related exposure.”
Interested companies can fill out this form for details on program participation.