Ilesol Pharmaceuticals provides third-party analyses from an accredited lab (ISO/IEC 17025) with accredited methods for cannabinoids, pesticides, residual solvents, aflatoxins, and heavy metals.
Even in the unregulated global market, our quality politics calls for constant efforts in our quality management system to achieve the highest level of quality for our final products. We strictly follow all the regulations in the European Union.
Why is third-party analysis important?
Third-party testing offers unbiased analytical testing of products. It confirms that all the products fulfill quality standards, desired product parameters, and controls the manufacturing process. These tests are run to indicate the quality, purity, and contaminants of a product. Third-party analysis is important in today’s CBD market because of product quality assurance, effectiveness, and consumer safety.
What are the usual methods in third-party testing?
High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is the most common technique for testing cannabinoid profiles. This test is used to confirm that the amount of cannabinoids listed on the product is accurate.
Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) or liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) also can be a powerful analytical technique that combines the separating power of liquid chromatography with the highly sensitive and selective mass analysis capability of triple quadrupole mass spectrometry.
Gas Chromatography (GC) is an analytical tool used to identify and quantitate a wide variety of compounds in a mixture and is often used to determine pesticides.
For identifying cannabinoid profiles, the Mass spectrometry (MS) method can be used, the analytical technique that measures the mass-to-charge ratio of ions. However, this technique is primarily used for identifying heavy metal contaminants.
Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) is a spectroanalytical procedure for the quantitative determination of chemical elements using the absorption of optical radiation (light) by free atoms in the gaseous state.
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is a method of target antigen (or antibody) capture in samples using a specific antibody (or antigen), and of target molecule detection/quantitation using an enzyme reaction with its substrate.
What are the methods used by our third-party lab?
Our third-party laboratory analysis is provided by the Euroinspekt Croatiakontrola, a regional control agency established in 1991.
For identifying cannabinoid profiles, Croatiakontrola uses HPLC/UV-VIS method.
For pesticide residues, Croatiakontrola uses a multi-residue method, based on multiple mass spectrometry related to liquid and gas chromatography (LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS), which defines the different groups of chemical pesticides.
Copper compounds are determined with the atomic absorption spectrometry technique (AAS).
Mycotoxins are tested using the LC-MS/MS, HPLC, and Elisa techniques.
What are the acceptance criteria for CBD products in the EU?
Some of the acceptance criteria regulations are as follows:
- Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006 – Setting up maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs
- Regulation (EC) No. 2073/2005 – Microbiological criteria for foodstuffs
- Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006 – Maximum levels for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in foodstuffs
- Guide for the microbiologic criteria for foodstuffs (NN 74/08, NN 156/08)
- ICH guideline Q3C (R6) on impurities: a guideline for residual solvents