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R68. Agriculture and Food, Plant Industry.
Rule R68-29. Quality Assurance Testing on Cannabis.
As in effect on January 1, 2020
Table of Contents
- R68-29-1. Authority and Purpose.
- R68-29-2. Definitions.
- R68-29-3. Required Cannabis and Cannabis Product Tests.
- R68-29-4. Microbiological Standards.
- R68-29-5. Standards for Pesticides.
- R68-29-6. Solvents Standards.
- R68-29-7. Heavy Metals.
- R68-29.8. Mycotoxin.
- Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment
- Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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:
c) 1,4-dimethylbenzene; and
d) ethyl benzene.
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
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
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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.