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High North first approved testing lab for CAPS certification

September 14, 2020   Don Horne

High North Laboratories in Woodbridge, Ont., is now the first approved testing laboratory to perform testing requirements based upon the established standard operating procedures, for the Cannabis Authenticity and Purity Standard (CAPS) certification program.

“It’s an honour to be the first Purity-IQ recognized laboratory in Canada on top of being a part of the technical working group to help standardize cannabis production, processing, and testing. There has been a void in the cannabis industry for recognized standards, as well as confusion on what pharmacopoeia to reference; herbal or pharmaceutical for example. Being a part of helping standardize proper cannabis specific procedures for quality and safety will only help our industry and we are excited to play a role,” states Rick Moriarity, CIO/COO at High North.

On the tail of the Purity-IQ Canadian representation, CLIP Labs of Southern California is also the first US-affiliated cannabis testing Lab approved under its Cannabis Authenticity and Purity Standard (CAPS) license agreement.

Jordan Cohen, CEO at CLIP Labs says, “we have recently been awarded accreditation under ISO 17025:2017 standards for cannabis testing laboratories. In most major countries, ISO/IEC 17025 is the standard for which most labs must hold accreditation to be deemed technically competent. We are excited to be able to represent the Purity-IQ CAPS program in the State of California and as part of the quality requirements for third-party certification in the CAPS program and to offer our clients the opportunity to be referenced in the first and only Global Registry for Cannabis/Hemp in California.”


Under the CAPS agreement, approved and accredited labs will collaborate and conduct plant genomic DNA extractions, metabolomic extractions for NMR analysis as and provide cannabinoid and terpene analyses for cannabis and hemp cultivars, extracts, and finished products. PIQ-licensed laboratories will manage agreements with clients in support of the cannabis/hemp reference libraries.

We are optimistic that the cannabis supply chain will see value for adopting the CAPS quality management system, as we continue to develop and populate our Global Registries and reference libraries for cannabis/hemp, using validated scientific method with our partner labs. This underpins our ISO-based voluntary requirements, for brand trust recognition, says Paul Valder, cofounder and CTO at Purity-IQ.

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