Garden Grove, CA (June 18, 2019) – Alkemist Labs, the foremost contract testing lab specializing in botanical identity and potency testing for the dietary supplement industry, and Nutrasource, a Canadian contract research organization that helps health product companies bring products to market with trust and confidence, are preparing to launch a comprehensive third-party verification program designed to support accurate, verifiable label claims regarding the content of THC in ingredients and finished products.
The International Cannabinoid Analysis Program (ICAP) is a certification program for manufacturers and brands that is designed to provide consumers with freely available third-party verified testing results in order to increase confidence and improve decision making in the cannabis products market. ICAP tests cannabis, hemp and their extracts or derivative products with appropriate methods to ensure they contain less than 0.20% delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. The limit is in alignment with the European regulations, the most stringent global standards.
“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. “The expertise of our two companies working together brings a high level of credibility to this program.”
“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,” says William Rowe, President and CEO of Nutrasource. “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.”
The program will launch widely in September, but beginning this week samples are being accepted for the beta-testing group. 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.
About Alkemist Labs
Alkemist Labs is an ISO 17025 accredited contract testing laboratory specializing in plant authentication, botanical ingredient identification and quantitative analytical services to the Food & Beverage, Nutraceutical and Cosmeceutical industries. Located in a brand new state-of-the-art facility in Garden Grove, California, Alkemist Labs offers clients a wide range of specialty research services to evaluate the identity, purity and quality of botanical raw materials, dietary ingredients and finished products. Alkemist Labs produces a complete line of Composite Reference Botanicals (CRBs), critical tools for botanical identity verification, and also distributes phytochemical reference standards from Extrasynthese of Lyon, France. Since it was founded in 1997, Alkemist Labs has become the ideal “Partner for Quality” to companies interested in producing high quality natural products requiring independent, third-party analysis, Stability/Shelf-life studies, Certification of Analysis and cGMP compliance. www.alkemist.com
Nutrasource is a premier CRO that brings unparalleled expertise in nutrition, regulatory affairs, and pharmaceutical science to help clients achieve compliance and gain market entry for health products globally. With nearly 20 years’ experience across the entire product spectrum from foods and supplements to pharmaceuticals, Nutrasource provides vertically-integrated solutions and unmatched scientific acumen in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries to design and execute clinical trials as well as develop regulatory strategies that provide a unique advantage in product commercialization. No other CRO has the combination of personnel, with the breadth and depth of experience in both pharmaceutical development and natural health products, providing the leadership needed to launch products with strong science and regulatory confidence – from concept to claim. www.nutrasource.ca.
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