California Cannabis Business License Compliance Testing Laboratory Type 8, 2020 Industry News, Events, Information & Updates

California Cannabis Testing Laboratories

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Testing Laboratories (Type 8) need to obtain any accreditation?

Yes, Testing Laboratories (Type 8) are required to obtain and maintain ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.

What do Testing Laboratories test for?

  • Cannabinoids
  • Foreign material
  • Heavy metals
  • Microbial impurities
  • Mycotoxins
  • Moisture content and water activity
  • Residual pesticides
  • Residual solvents and processing chemicals
  • Terpenoids
  • Homogeneity

What is the role of Testing Laboratories?

The Testing Laboratories role is to collect samples of each cannabis goods batch for testing from the premises of the distributor.

Are cannabis products required to meet the testing requirement criteria before it can be sold to a customer?

Yes, cannabis products are required to meet the testing requirement standards before sale.

Can a person that holds a testing laboratory license also hold a license for another cannabis activity?

No, a person that holds a testing laboratory license cannot hold a license for another cananbis activity.

What is a Cannabis Testing Laboratory (Type 8)?

A Cannabis Testing Laboratory (Type 8) is a facility or entity that offers or performs tests of cannabis goods.

Are Testing Laboratories required to document the handling, storage, transportation, and destruction of samples?

Yes, Testing Laboratories are required to document the chain of custody for the handling, storage, transportation, and destruction of samples.

Does a Testing Laboratory (Type 8) have an M-licensee or A-licensee designation?

Neither. A Testing Laboratory (Type 8) does not have an M-licensee or A-licensee designation.

Are Testing Laboratories required to create a certificate for each sample it analyzes?

Yes, for each primary sample, the Testing Laboratory must produce a certificate of analysis.

Can a testing laboratory employ individuals who are also employed by another licensee?

Yes, only if the licensee is also another testing laboratory.

Can a Testing laboratory operate without a ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation?

If a Testing Laboratory meets all other licensure requirements, it can be issued a provisional license while it obtains the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.

State Authority & Contact:

Bureau of Cannabis Control (CA Department of Consumer Affairs)
PO Box 419016, Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9106
Phone: 1-833-768-5880

Scope of Licenses:

  • Type 8 (Testing Laboratories)
  • Note: Type 8 Licenses do not have an A or M designation.


  • Evidence of legal right to occupy and use the proposed premises location.
  • Premises Diagram Form
  • Business formation documents,including all documents filed with the CA Secretary of State (SOS). Foreign corporations must include a copy of the Certificate of Qualification from the SOS.
  • Evidence of premises compliance with local jurisdiction, if applicable.
  • Labor peace agreement or notarized statement indicating that you will enter into and abide by the terms of a labor peace agreement, if applicable.
  • Limited waiver sovereign immunity, if applicable.
  • Evidence of exemption from, or compliance with, the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • Financial Information Form
  • Proof of surety bond in the amount of $5,000, payable to the State of California.
  • Transportation procedures
  • Inventory procedures
  • Quality Control procedures
  • Security procedures
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Evidence of compliance with the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and its implementing laws before September 1, 2016, if applicable.

Licensing Fees:

  • $20,000: Revenue Up to $50 million
  • $45,000: Revenue between $50 million to $500 million
  • $90,000: Revenue greater than $500 million



California Universal Symbol for Cannabis

California Universal Symbol for Cannabis

Download PNG file or Download JPG file

This site focuses or refers to information and services regarding Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) cannabis waste edible products Arranging for laboratory testing commercial cannabis manufacturers The California Department of Public Health's 2020 updates sanitary and hazard-free environment Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act payable to the state of California microbusinesses waste management laws 2,000 mg of THC per package for the medicinal-use market good manufacturing practices limited to a maximum of 1,000 mg per package edibles packaging opaque paper inserted into the packaging opaque exit package comply with all packaging and labeling requirements onsite consumption of cannabis goods secondary packaging cannabis cultivation licensing product as a candy prohibited laboratory quality assurance medicinal and adult-use markets amount of THC content THC levels no added caffeine disclosure of all criminal convictions regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis in California secured area three cannabis licensing authorities public Licensee Lookup Tool transportation and security Local Authorization Attachment Premises Information licenses for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing at the same premises local jurisdiction’s requirements Temporary Cannabis Event Retailer (nonstorefront) A-licensees Bond and Insurance Information Form # CDPH-9041 manufacturing licensing and regulating commercial cannabis manufacturers ingredient list Foreign Material Testing chain of custody Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control 2020 revisions licensed physical location (premises) highly-concentrated THC/CBD such as oil, wax and resin distributors conditional license Labor peace agreement the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) dried flower track and trace system Temporary License Application licensing scheme shares of stock that are less than 5% of the total shares in a publicly traded company 100 mg of THC per package highly-concentrated oils or waxes diagram of the business’s layout identity of the product Retailer (Type 10) 2020 new laws A-license and an M-license 2020 fines government warning statement label quality control The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) packaging public health and safety loop system convicted of a substantially related crime Licensee Information MCSB’s temporary license application Category I Residual Pesticides Testing Temporary License Application Information cannabis market manufacturers who package for other producers onsite sale and consumption of cannabis goods Local Issuing Authority Carbon Dioxide (CO2) 2020 proposed changes equity interest in a commercial cannabis business required limits licensed premises some nutritional facts loan provided to a commercial cannabis business The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) Business Organizational Distributor Transport Only Incorporating THC/CBD concentrates cannabis products in container or wrapper for sale product formulation licensed cannabis distributors packaging and labeling requirements for pre-rolls Local Authorization shipping manifest finished product mandated warning statements inhalable cannabis Fingerprints unique ID/batch number evidence of the legal right to occupy the premises premises diagram product guidelines 2020 compliance recordkeeping inventory and quality control no infusion of alcohol 600 foot radius of a school Vehicle Requirements at least 20% ownership interest primary panel requirements meat and seafood, and other products nonlaboratory quality control Butane/Hexane/Propane health impacts of cannabis Mechanical cannabis industries local jurisdiction’s ordinances and regulations workshops hosted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control must enter certain events ANTICIPATED ANNUAL (NONTEMPORARY) LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS informational panel infusion certified by a California-licensed engineer Completed Temporary License Application Form cannabis plants Microbusiness contaminants Business Information commercial cannabis manufacturing activity Premises Diagram pre-made or purchased medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activity testing of cannabis goods Premises diagram Temporary event up to 4 days Proposition 65 separate applications disposal and destruction methods compliance with local jurisdiction cannabis cartoons periods of 90 days extensions Cannabis Manufacturing cultivation Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) conducting quality assurance review testing methods amount of THC/CBD per serving and per package labels not be attractive Application Checklist manufacturing activities 2020 regulations emergency regulations exit packaging A-license and an M-license for the same commercial cannabis activity Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System (MCLS) capsules Water Activity Testing of Solid or Semi-Solid Edibles Licensees cultivation (on an area less than 10,000 square feet) Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch Microbial Impurities Testing (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, A. terreus) Category II Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing Criminal History operating premises Non-Storefront Retailer (Type 9) remove THC/CBD manufacturing cannabis products commercial cannabis activity vape cartridges licensing cannabis microbusinesses requiring refrigeration 2020 important information Cultivation less than 10,000 licensed cannabis cultivators transportation of cannabis goods concentrate topicals 2020 resolutions tinctures Track and Trace destruction of cannabis goods 2020 laws Type S share facility space local jurisdiction authorization Microbial Impurities Testing (Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp.) Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) child-resistant packaging re-sealable cannabis training medicinal commercial cannabis activity A-license Terpenoids Testing Individual Owner Category II Residual Pesticides Testing Moisture Content Testing disposal written procedures for inventory control Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016 Physical address Bond in the amount of $5,000 compliance with regulations annual license application access to the area(s) Water/Food-grade Dry Ice secondary package Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 final form amount of sodium shaped like a human, animal, insect, or fruit volatile solvent Homogeneity Testing of Edible Cannabis Products financial interest holder operating procedures security commercial cannabis manufacturing 600-foot radius of a school transportation licensing cannabis distributors Proposed Section 40133 definition of owner Live Scans for each owner labeling supplemental label motor carrier permit basic nutritional information retailers testing lab member manager allergen information ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation immature live plants and seeds being transported from a licensed nursery testing laboratories entry into the legal, regulated market 120 days MCSB packaging and labeling requirements commercial kitchens designated structure consumption of alcohol or tobacco Category I Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing commercial cannabis manufacturing in California cannabis event organizer license exception for testing laboratories Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA) Seller’s permit number 2020 problems medicinal and adult use cannabis goods transported together minimum standards for extraction processes persons 21 years of age or older licensing cannabis retailers Identifying information surety bond health claims Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division temporary license Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) regulations for medicinal and adult-use cannabis extracts aggregate interest of 20% or more Heavy Metals Testing protocol hang tag or a peel-back label California Department of Public Health regulatory framework transport cannabis goods to retailer Cannabinoids Testing 2020 issues CDPH-issued universal symbol California Department of Public Health (CDPH) supply chain managing member Licensee Lookup Tool Business and Professions Code section 26050.1 purchasing cannabis products on tribal lands manned motor vehicle manufacturing (Level 1 manufacturing, Type 6) Operating Procedures no infusion of nicotine delivery vehicle $3,000 of cannabis goods transporting cannabis goods adult-use commercial cannabis activity LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS commercial cannabis products CO2 and ethanol extractions Local Jurisdictions child-resistant outer package shared-use manufacturing facilities security and cannabis waste disposal waste disposal Mycotoxins Testing sampling standards ownership premises is not within a Government limited to a maximum of 10 mg of THC per serving hydrocarbon-based solvents sanitary workplaces M-licensees Manufacturing (non-volatile) licensed cannabis manufacturers storage of cannabis goods Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch Transport vehicles alarm system sugar period of 120 days Percentage of ownership procedures for inventory control inventory packaging and labeling persons with a financial interest in the cannabis business M-license CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL licensing cannabis third-party testing laboratories Food-grade Butter/Oil Personnel Requirements medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing structure and formation documents evidence of rehabilitation cannabis sales and/or consumption license review process Conducting quality assurance review of cannabis goods Industrial Hemp Advisory Board contaminant free medicinal and adult-use or both markets CDTFA seller’s permit California Public Records Act online licensing system potentially-hazardous foods list of artificial food colorings small product packaging activity for a period of 120 days alcoholic beverages CDPH-9041 tamper-evident supply chains for medicinal and adult-use cannabis products Financial Interest Extractions using CO2 valid waiver CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing extraction property for the commercial cannabis activity investment into a commercial cannabis business Financial information Ethanol BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL 2020 recent news an officer or director of a cannabis business stickers Edibles– Products manufacturing practices at least 99% purity sales of cannabis goods carbohydrates and fat per serving Transition Period three state cannabis-licensing authorities manufacturer's name scaled to the gross annual revenue of the licensed premises Distributor transport manufacture cannabis products MANUFACTURED CANNABIS SAFETY BRANCH cannabis adult-use products local jurisdiction Owner state cannabis licensing tobacco products and more.

In addition, Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 2 Allergen Type 10 (Retailer) Type 3 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Medium) Quality control personnel Type 1B (Cultivation; Specialty mixed-light; Small) Type 12 (Microbusiness) adulteration Processing aid UID Dried flower THC Nonvolatile solvent Indoor cultivation Preventive controls Cannabis product Department Type 6 (Manufacturer 1) Extraction: Non-volatile Solvents, Mechanical Methods Small Mixed-Light Tier 2 Quality control operation Actual yield Adult-use Market Bureau Lot Type P Packaging & Labeling Only Premises Mixed-light Tier 2 Verification Processing Distribution Environmental pathogen Medium Indoor Type 1A (Cultivation; Specialty indoor; Small) Type N Infusions (optional packaging and labeling) Small Indoor M-license Quality Cultivation site THC limit of 10 milligrams per serving and 100 milligrams per package Kief Infusion Medium Mixed-Light Tier 2 Allergen cross-contact Type 2B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Small) Proposition 65 warning statement Type 3A (Cultivation; Indoor; Medium) Informational panel Commercial-grade, non-residential door lock Medium Outdoor Specialty Cottage Indoor Type 9 (Non-Storefront Retailer) Type P – for packaging and labeling only Track-and-trace systems Microorganisms alternate use of a manufacturing premises Sanitize Holding Primary panel Ingredient DPH-17-010E Type 4 (Cultivation; Nursery) Limited-access area Nursery Licensee Type 3B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Medium) Adulterated Topical cannabis product Batch Small Mixed-Light Tier 1 Wet weight Package Medium Mixed-Light Tier 1 infused pre-rolls infused butters and oils as concentrates Adequate Specialty Outdoor Outdoor cultivation Type 8 (Testing Laboratory) Mixed-light cultivation Watts per square foot Product Identity track and trace system Manufacturer licensee Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 1 Theoretical yield Universal symbol Flowering Volatile solvent gross annual revenue for first year in operation under MAUCRSA Monitor Quarantine Canopy Commercial cannabis activity list of cannabis manufacturers Specialty Indoor Type 2A (Cultivation; Indoor; Small) cakes, cookies, beverages and juices, tea and coffee, chocolates, gummies, gum, and mints Track and trace system Type 1C (Cultivation; Specialty cottage; Small) Type 2 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Small) Type 7 (Manufacturer 2) Extraction: Volatile Solvents Cultivation Nonmanufactured cannabis product Processor Type 5B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Large) Type 7 – for extraction using a volatile solvent (ex: butane, propane and hexane) Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 1 Pest Mixed-light Tier 1 Type 13 (Distributor Transport Only) Raw material Harvest Batch Type S (coming soon, shared-use manufacturing facilities) Pathogen Process Applicant Manufacture Net weight Small Outdoor MCSB 90-day extension periods cannabis concentrates Type N – for infusions Component Type 1 (Cultivation; Specialty outdoor; Small) Personnel Labeling Edible cannabis product Specialty Cottage Outdoor CBD Type 6 – for extraction using a mechanical method or non-volatile solvent (ex: CO2, ethanol, water, or food-grade dry ice, cooking oils or butter) CBD from industrial hemp Type 5 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Large) Finished product Unique identifier Type 14 (Cannabis Event Organizer) Type 11 (Distributor) Qualified individual Pre-roll Serving Request for Live Scan In-process material Mature plant Contact surface Type 5A (Cultivation; Indoor; Large) package flower or pre-rolls Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 2 products similar to traditional food products prohibited Extraction Validation Hazard Immature plant and more.

Disclaimer: Informational and educational purposes. Self-help services (not legal advice). Site is not affiliated with any state agency. Note that site might not contain the most updated information. Your receipt of any information from this site does not create a relationship. Prior results do not guarantee or suggest a similar result in other matters. No promise is made with regard to services or content's reliability, availabilty, or ability to meet any needs. Information and services provided "AS IS."

All Rights Reserved