Alkemist Labs Expands Capabilities to Include Heavy Metals and Pesticides Testing

Renewed Accreditation to ISO 17025:2017 Adds
Heavy Metals Testing and Pesticides

Garden Grove, CA (June 15, 2021) – Alkemist Labs has now added purity testing to their suite of services, alongside identity, potency, and hemp testing. The company now has the instruments and expertise to screen for heavy metals, and pesticides to the highest standards with the most sensitive equipment and test methods. New services available now include:

Heavy metals (elemental impurities): Growing plants can pick up contamination, including heavy metals in the soil and environment. Alkemist Labs’ capabilities enable them to satisfy both USP <561> and Prop 65 limits.

Pesticides: Although pesticides are considered a single category, it takes four separate analytical instrumental analyses to test for all those substances listed in USP <561>, which sets criteria for sampling.

New services coming in April – Residual solvents: USP method <467>. Headspace GC/MS, the most sensitive and most precise instrument, allows detection of even extremely low levels of solvent contaminants.

Alkemist is also very pleased to announce they have once again achieved accreditation to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), this time adding accreditation for Pesticides and Heavy Metals per UPS-NF <561>.

Determination of Pesticide Content by LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS in botanicals (roots and aerial parts), hemp, extracts, and finished dietary supplement products (List of Analytes same as USP-NF 561) (List of Analytes in Appendix A)

Determination of Heavy Metals Content by ICP-MS in aerial part, root, extract and crude hemp (List of Elements same as USP-NF 561) (List of Elements in Appendix A)

“Alongside identity and potency testing, purity testing is an essential component of meeting GMP requirements, and verifying a clean product, so we’re glad to offer this to our clients” said Elan Sudberg, CEO of Alkemist Labs. “We’re working on adding additional ISO accreditations for other services we offer, which we expect to achieve in the near future.”

The Alkemist Labs Accreditation has been renewed until February 28, 2024. The accreditation process involved a thorough assessment and review of the lab’s quality management system and competence. The Alkemist Labs Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 (Certificate #3851.01) may be viewed here.

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.


About A2LA

A2LA is the largest U.S.-based, multi-discipline accreditation body with over 35 years of experience providing internationally recognized accreditation services and quality training.  A2LA’s world-class accreditation services encompass testing and calibration laboratories, medical testing laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, reference material producers and product certification bodies. Organizations are accredited to international standards and field-specific requirements developed with government and industry collaboration.  A2LA also offers a wide variety of both public and private on-site training programs to complement the various accreditation programs.


Suzanne Shelton
The Shelton Group
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