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R68. Agriculture and Food, Plant Industry.

Rule R68-29. Quality Assurance Testing on Cannabis.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R68-29-1. Authority and Purpose.

1) Pursuant to sections 4-41-403(1) and 4-41a-701(3), this rule establishes the standards for cannabis and cannabis product testing and sets limits for pesticides, residual solvents, heavy metals, and other contaminants.

R68-29-2. Definitions.

1) "Analyte" means a substance or chemical component that is undergoing analysis.

2) "Batch" means a quantity of:

a) cannabis extract produced on a particular date and time, following clean up until the next clean up during which lots of cannabis are used;

b) cannabis product produced on a particular date and time, following clean up until the next clean up during which cannabis extract is used; or

c) cannabis flower packaged on a particular date and time, following clean up until the next clean up during which lots of cannabis are being used.

3) "Cannabinoid product" means a chemical compound extracted from a hemp product that:

a) is processed into a medical dosage form; and

b) contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol by dry weight.

4) "Cannabis" means any part of the marijuana plant.

5) "Cannabis cultivation facility" means a person that:

a) possesses cannabis;

b) grows or intends to grow cannabis; and

c) sells or intends to sell cannabis to a cannabis cultivation facility or a cannabis processing facility.

6) "Cannabis processing facility" means a person that:

a) acquires or intends to acquire cannabis from a cannabis production establishment or a holder of an industrial hemp processor license under title 4 chapter 41, Hemp and Cannabidiol Act;

b) possesses cannabis with the intent to manufacture a cannabis product;

c) manufactures or intends to manufacture a cannabis product from unprocessed cannabis or cannabis extract; and

d) sells or intends to sell a cannabis product to a medical cannabis pharmacy or the state central fill medical cannabis pharmacy.

7) "Cannabis product" means a product that:

a) is intended for human use; and

b) contains cannabis or tetrahydrocannabinol.

8) "Department" means the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.

9) "Lot" means the quantity of:

a) flower produced on a particular date and time, following clean up until the next clean up during which the same materials are used; or

b) trim, leaves, or other plant matter from cannabis plats produced on a particular date and time, following clean up until the next clean up.

10) "Pest" means:

a) any insect, rodent, nematode, fungus, weed; or

b) any other form of terrestrial or aquatic plant or animal life, virus, bacteria, or other microorganisms that are injurious to health or to the environment or that the department declares to be a pest.

11) "Pesticide" means any:

a) substance or mixture of substances, including a living organism, that is intended to prevent, destroy, control, repel, attract, or mitigate any insect, rodent, nematode, snail, slug, fungus, weed, or other forms of plant or animal life that are normally considered to be a pest or that the commissioner declares to be a pest;

b) any substance or mixture of substances intended to be used as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant; and

c) any spray adjuvant, such as a wetting agent, spreading agent, deposit builder, adhesive, or emulsifying agent with deflocculating properties of its own used with a pesticide to aid the pesticide's application or effect.

R68-29-3. Required Cannabis and Cannabis Product Tests.

1) Prior to the transfer of cannabis, a cannabis cultivation facility shall have an independent cannabis laboratory test a representative sample of a cannabis lot for microbiological contaminants, heavy metals, and pesticide residue.

2) Prior to offering cannabis or a cannabis product for sale, a cannabis processing facility shall have an independent cannabis laboratory test a representative sample of a batch or lot for microbiological contaminants, heavy metals, pesticide, and residual solvent.

3) A cannabinoid product shall be tested by and independent testing laboratory for microbiological contaminants, heavy metals, pesticides, and residual solvents prior to the products being registered with the department in accordance with Utah Code 4-41-402

4) The department may require an independent laboratory to test for toxins.

5) If the sample of cannabis does not pass the toxin, heavy metal, pesticide, or resolvent test based on the standards set forth in this rule, the cannabis cultivation facility or shall dispose of the entire batch or lot from which the sample was taken.

6) If the sample of cannabis does not pass the microbiological test based on the standards set forth in this rule, the cannabis may be used to make a carbon dioxide (CO2) or solvent-based extract.

7) If the sample of a cannabis product does not pass the microbiological, toxin, heavy metal, pesticide, or residual solvent test based on the standards set forth in this rule, the cannabis processing facility shall dispose of the entire batch or lot from which the sample was taken.

R68-29-4. Microbiological Standards.

1) A sample and related lot or batch of cannabis, cannabis product, or cannabinoid product fail quality assurance testing for microbiological contaminants if the results exceed the limits as set forth in Section 1111 of the United States Pharmacopeia.

2) The Department adopts by reference Section 1111 of the United States Pharmacopeia (May 1,2012).

R68-29-5. Standards for Pesticides.

1) Only pesticides allowed by the department may be used in the production of cannabis, cannabis products, or cannabinoid products.

2) If an independent cannabis laboratory identifies a pesticide that is not allowed under R68-29-5(1) and is above the action levels provided in R68-29-5(3) that lot or batch from which the sample was taken has failed quality assurance testing.

3) A sample and related lot or batch of cannabis or cannabis product fail quality assurance testing for pesticides if the results exceed the limits as set forth on the table below.

                                                    Table 1
                                          Pesticide Analytes and Action Levels

Analyte             Chemical Abstract Service     Action Level
                    (CAS) Registry number         ppm
Abamectin           71751-41-2                    0.5
Acephate            30560-19-1                    0.4
Acequinocyl         57960-19-7                    2
Acetamiprid         135410-20-7                   0.2
Aldicarb            116-06-3                      0.4
Azoxystrobin        131860-33-8                   0.2
Bifenazate          149877-41-8                   0.2
Bifenthrin          82657-04-3                    0.2
Boscalid            188425-85-6                   0.4
Carbaryl            63-25-2                       0.2
Carbofuran          1563-66-2                     0.2
Chlorantraniliprole 500008-45-7                   0.2
Chlorfenapyr        122453-73-0                   1
Chlorpyrifos        2921-88-2                     0.2
Clofentezine        74115-24-5                    0.2
Cyfluthrin          68359-37-5                    1
Cypermethrin        52315-07-8                    1
Daminozide          1596-84-5                     1
DDVP (Dichlorvos)   62-73-7                       0.1
Diazinon            333-41-5                      0.2
Dimethoate          60-51-5                       0.2
Ethoprophos         13194-48-4                    0.2
Etofenprox          80844-07-1                    0.4
Etoxazole           153233-91-1                   0.2
Fenoxycarb          72490-01-8                    0.2
Fenpyroximate       134098-61-6                   0.4
Fipronil            120068-37-3                   0.4
Flonicamid          158062-67-0                   1
Fludioxonil         131341-86-1                   0.4
Hexythiazon         78587-05-0                    1
Imazal              35554-44-0                    0.2
Imidacloprid        138261-41-3                   0.4
Kresoxim-methyl     143390-89-0                   0.4
Malathion           143390-89-0                   0.2
Metalaxyl           57837-19-1                    0.2
Methiocarb          2032-65-7                     0.2
Methomyl            16752-77-5                    0.4
Methyl parathion    298-00-0                      0.2
MGK-264             113-48-4                      0.2
Myclobutanil        88671-89-0                    0.2
Naled               300-76-5                      0.5
Oxamyl              23135-22-0                    1
Paclobutrazol       76738-62-0                    0.4
Permethrins         52645-53-1                    0.2
Phosmet             732-11-6                      0.2
Piperonyl_butoxide  51-03-6                       2
Prallethrin         23031-36-9                    0.2
Propiconazole       60207-90-1                    0.4
Propoxur            114-26-1                      0.2
Pyrethrins          8003-34-7                     1
Pyridaben           96489-71-3                    0.2
Spinosad            168316-95-8                   0.2
Spiromesifen        283594-90-1                   0.2
Spirotetramat       203313-25-1                   0.2
Spiroxamine         118134-30-8                   0.4
Tebuconazole        80443-41-0                    0.4
Thiacloprid         111988-49-9                   0.2
Thiamethoxam        153719-23-4                   0.2
Trifloxystrobin     141517-21-7                   0.2
                                                            

4) Permethrins should be measured as cumulative residue of cis- and trans-permethrin isomers (CAS numbers 54774-45-7 and 51877-74-8).

5) Pyrethrins should be measured as the cumulative residues of pyrethrin 1 (CAS 121-21-1), cinerin 1 (CAS 25402-06-6), and jasmolin 1 (CAS 4466-14-2).

R68-29-6. Solvents Standards.

1) A sample and related lot or batch of cannabis, cannabis product, or cannabinoid product fails quality assurance testing for residual solvents if the results exceed the limits provided in the table below.

                                                    Table 2
                                           List of Solvents and Action Levels

Solvent               Chemical Abstract Service     Action level
                      (CAS)Registry number          �g/g
1,2 Dimethoxyethane   110-71-4                      100
1,4 Dioxane           123-9                         380
1-Butanol             71-36-3                       5000
1-Pentanol            71-41-0                       5000
1-Propanol            71-23-8                       5000
2-Butanol             78-92-2                       5000
2-Butanol             78-93-3                       5000
2-Ethoxyethanol       110-80-5                      160
2-methylbutane        78-78-4                       5000
2-Propanol (IPA)      67-63-0                       5000
Acetone               67-64-1                       5000
Acetonitrile          75-05-8                       410
Benzene               71-43-2                       2
Butane                106-97-8                      5000
Cumene                98-82-8                       70
Cyclohexane           110-82-7                      3880
Dichloromethane       75-09-2                       600
2,2-dimethylbutane    75-83-2                       290
2,3-dimethylbutane    79-29-8                       290
1,2-dimethylbenzene   95-47-6                       See Xylenes
1,3-dimethylbenzene   108-38-3                      See Xylenes
1,4-dimethylbenzene   106-42-3                      See Xylenes
Dimethyl sulfoxide    67-68-5                       5000
Ethanol               64-17-5                       5000
Ethyl acetate         141-78-6                      5000
Ethylbenzene          100-41-4                      See Xylenes
Ethyl ether           60-29-7                       5000
Ethylene glycol       107-21-1                      620
Ethylene Oxide        75-21-8                       50
Heptane               142-82-5                      5000
n-Hexane              110-54-3                      290
Isopropyl acetate     108-21-4                      5000
Methanol              67-56-1                       3000
Methylpropane         75-28-5                       5000
2-Methylpentane       107-83-5                      290
3-Methylpentane       96-14-0                       290
N,N-dimethylacetamide 127-19-5                      1090
N,N-dimethylfromamide 68-12-2                       880
Pentane               109-66-0                      5000
Propane               74-98-6                       5000
Pyridine              110-86-1                      100
Sulfolane             126-33-0                      160
Tetrahydrofuran       109-99-9                      720
Toluene               108-88-3                      890
Xylenes               1330-20-7                     2170
                                                            

2) Xylenes is a combination of the following:

a) 1,2-dimethylbenzene;

b) 1,3-dimethylbenzene;

c) 1,4-dimethylbenzene; and

d) ethyl benzene.

R68-29-7. Heavy Metals.

A sample and related lot or batch of cannabis, cannabis product, or cannabinoid product fail quality assurance testing for heavy metals if the results exceed the limits provided in the table below.

                                                    Table 3
                                                      Heavy Metals

Metals               Natural Health Products Acceptable
                     limits in parts per million
Arsenic              <2
Cadmium              <0.82
Lead                 <1.2
Mercury              <0.4
                                                            

R68-29.8. Mycotoxin.

A sample and related lot or batch of cannabis or cannabis product fail quality assurance testing for mycotoxin if the results exceed the limits provided in the table below.

                                                    Table 4
                                                        Mycotoxin

Test                       Specification
The total of
Aflatoxin B1,
Aflatoxin B2,
Aflatoxin G1,and
Aflatoxin G2               <20 �G/kg of substance
Ochratoxin A.              <20 �G/kg of substance
                                                            

KEY

cannabis testing, quality assurance, cannabis laboratory

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

August 29, 2019

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

4-41a-701(3); 4-41-403(1)


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R68, please contact the promulgating agency (Agriculture and Food, Plant Industry). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.