Advancing Cannabis Testing Across Canada
Jun 08, 2018 | Original story from Canopy Growth
Canopy Growth is pleased to announce that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Canadian laboratory services company Molecular Science Corp (MSC) to advance cannabis testing, support product knowledge, and enhance safety awareness, all part of the responsible development of the Canadian cannabis industry.
Canopy Growth and MSC will work together to pioneer new and standardized testing methods to analyse potency, terpene profiling, pesticides, heavy metals, and mycotoxins as required by Health Canada regulatory standards. Both Canopy Growth and MSC are focused on improving the information available so that patients can make informed decisions around the cannabis they consume, and producers can make informed decisions about their practices.
"Trust is key to success in the cannabis industry and this collaboration to advance scientific research and testing is key to earning and keeping the trust of our patients and future customers," said Mark Zekulin, President, Canopy Growth. "We're working to make testing practices faster and more consistent while driving enhanced accountability as well as visibility into the cannabis supply."
Under the terms of the agreement, MSC will provide testing equipment including a fully developed mobile testing lab and two skilled analytical scientists to focus on this research. Canopy Growth will provide access to its Health Canada certified lab, its national infrastructure, industry knowledge, and a diverse supply of medical cannabis to support testing.
"We are delighted that Canopy Growth has selected MSC to contribute to its internal quality testing programs and is committed to working with us to develop methods for analytical data collection using mass spectrometry," said Brigitte Simons, VP Laboratories, Molecular Science Corp. "We're pleased to assist Canopy with the molecular characterization of plant strains ensuring certified ingredients and absence of pesticides and mycotoxin contaminants."
The MSC mobile lab is an industry first and operates as an in-field extension of Canopy Growth's lab facilities. The lab supports seamless and efficient alignment of results between sites and will focus on the collection of valuable information regarding in-process cannabis cultivation. Due to its capability for pesticide surveys at any location, the mobile lab allows for early identification of contamination risks to cultivation, potentially reducing time to market for remote sites or Craft Grow partners who have traditionally relied on sending samples to a central lab for testing.