Residual Solvent Analysis (RSA) Testing in Colorado

Beginning on March 1, 2020, the state will be mandating the testing of methanol and ethyl acetate in addition to the full suite of compounds currently enforced. Nordic will be ready to test for these compounds by March 1. 

Residual solvent testing is a critical measure in protecting the quality and integrity of your cannabis products, guarding against potentially harmful contaminants. Nordic Analytical Laboratories is a trusted provider of residual solvent testing for Colorado cannabis producers, dispensaries, agencies, and other related organizations, delivering an exemplary standard of laboratory testing that properly follows all state regulations.

According to MED regulations, residual solvent testing is mandatory for all medical and retail solvent-based marijuana concentrates, unless process validation has been achieved. Our state-certified cannabis testing facilities in Denver and Pueblo ensure that your products adhere to the laws outlined by the Colorado MED, while our efficient procedures deliver the convenient, quick results you need.

Compounds Tested at Nordic Analytical Laboratories

Our standard residual solvent analysis panel includes all state-required compounds, providing you with a comprehensive testing option that meets MED standards. Nordic Analytical Laboratories conducts RSA testing for the following compounds:

  • Butanes
  • Propane
  • Hexane
  • Heptane
  • Pentane
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Acetone
  • Ethanol
  • Xylenes
  • Toluene
  • Benzene
  • Methanol
  • Ethyl Acetate

According to the MED, acceptable limits per gram varies depending on the specific solvent. As of March 1, 2020, Methanol and Ethyl Acetate have been added to the list of regulated compounds.

Instrumentation Used In Our RSA Testing

Nordic Analytical Laboratories is committed to employing the latest advancements in cannabis lab testing technology, ensuring that our clients are provided with the highest standards of precision, accuracy, and speed. We conduct our residual solvent tests on GC/FID/HS and GC/MS/HS. Our testing methods allow us to provide rapid, reliable RSA test results that are accepted by the Colorado MED.

In addition to residual solvent analysis for your selected cannabis samples, our Pueblo and Denver cannabis testing facilities can also test source gases, ingredients used for product flavorings, and other raw materials (upon request). Nordic Analytical Laboratories is one of the few cannabis laboratories in Colorado to offer comprehensive RSA testing services, making it possible to evaluate the entire manufacturing process to pinpoint specific sources of contamination.

As a result, you’ll be able to effectively implement a quick, targeted solution to resolve RSA contamination and minimize the time, product, and profit lost to unusable products.

Expected Turnaround Times

Results for your residual solvent analysis will typically be available in 2-3 business days. In the event that you require a same-day or next-day turnaround, please contact us for more information about requesting rush services.

Sample Types Tested at Nordic Analytical Laboratories

Nordic Analytical Laboratories can contract an RSA test on the following types of samples:

  • Concentrates
  • Infused products

Required Sample Size

For more information about the required sample sizes, please refer to our sample requirements page. The MED (Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division) has established required cannabis testing sample sizes in accordance with the size of each harvest or production batch. Additionally, please note that your sample size for residual solvent testing will vary depending on the type of sample you will be submitting (concentrate or infused product).

State-Certified Cannabis Residual Solvent Testing in Pueblo and Denver, Colorado

The precision-level residual solvent analysis isn’t just important to meet MED regulations, it’s also key to maintaining your product quality and integrity. Rapid test results are important, but the value of accuracy cannot be underestimated, either – and at Nordic Analytical Laboratories, we provide the best of both worlds.

Why Choose Nordic Analytical Laboratories?

When you select Nordic Analytical Laboratories for your cannabis testing in Denver and Pueblo, you can be confident that you’re partnering with one of the best in the industry. With full state certification and a number of international recognitions, our cannabis lab testing facilities are among the most respected in the nation.

For more information about our RSA testing and other services, please contact Nordic Analytical Laboratories today.

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What Our Valued Clients Are Saying

“Nordic Analytical Laboratories is top quality. Their attention to detail and accurate testing results are the best I’ve ever experienced. I will always use them for my products” – Jack J.


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