(a) The licensed laboratory shall generate a COA for each representative sample that the laboratory analyzes.
(b) The licensed laboratory shall ensure that the COA contains the results of all required analyses performed for the representative sample.
(c) The licensed laboratory shall, within 1 business day of completing all analyses of a sample, both upload the COA into the track and trace system and simultaneously provide a copy of the COA to the Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(d) The licensed laboratory shall not release to any person any cumulative or individual test results prior to completing all analyses and providing the COA to the Department.
(e) The COA shall contain, at minimum, the following information:
(1) The term “Regulatory Compliance Testing” in font no smaller than 14-point, which shall appear in the upper-right corner of each page of the COA. No text or images shall appear above the term “Regulatory Compliance Testing” on any page of the COA.
(2) Laboratory’s name, licensed premises address, and license number;
(3) Licensed distributor’s or licensed microbusiness authorized to engage in distribution’s name, licensed premises address, and license number;
(4) Licensed cultivator’s, licensed manufacturer’s, or licensed microbusiness’ name, licensed premises address, and license number;
(5) Batch number of the batch from which the sample was obtained. For cannabis and cannabis products that are already packaged at the time of sampling, the labeled batch number on the packaged cannabis and cannabis products shall match the batch number on the COA;
(6) Sample identifying information, including matrix type and unique sample identifiers;
(7) Sample history, including the date collected, the date received by the laboratory, and the date(s) of sample analyses and corresponding testing results;
(8) A picture of the sample of cannabis and cannabis products. If the sample is pre- packaged, the picture must include an unobstructed image of the packaging;
(9) For dried flower samples, the total weight of the batch, in grams or pounds, and the total weight, of the representative sample in grams;
(10) For cannabis product or pre-rolls samples, the total unit count of both the representative sample and the total batch size;
(11) Measured density of the cannabis and cannabis products;
(12) The analytical methods, analytical instrumentation used, and corresponding Limits of Detection (LOD) and Limits of Quantitation (LOQ);
(13) An attestation on the COA from the laboratory supervisory or management employee that all LQC samples required by section 15730 of this division were performed and met the acceptance criteria; and
(14) Analytes detected during the analyses of the sample that are unknown, unidentified, or injurious to human health if consumed, if any.
(f) The licensed laboratory shall report test results for each representative sample on the COA as follows:
(1) Indicate an overall “pass” or “fail” for the entire batch;
(2) When reporting qualitative results for each analyte, the licensed laboratory shall indicate “pass” or “fail”;
(3) When reporting quantitative results for each analyte, the licensed laboratory shall use the appropriate units of measurement as required under this chapter;
(4) When reporting results for each test method, the licensed laboratory shall indicate “pass” or “fail”;
(5) When reporting results for any analytes that were detected below the analytical method LOQ, indicate “<LOQ”, notwithstanding cannabinoid results;
(6) When reporting results for any analytes that were not detected or detected below the LOD, indicate “ND”; and
(7) Indicate “NT” for any test that the licensed laboratory did not perform.
(g) The licensed laboratory supervisory or management employee shall validate the accuracy of the information contained on the COA and sign and date the COA.
(h) The laboratory supervisory or management employee may request to amend a COA to correct minor errors. Requests must be emailed to the Department at email@example.com for approval prior to making any corrections. Errors in results required to be reported pursuant to subsection (f) are not minor errors.
Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26100, 26104 and 26110, Business and Professions Code.