USDA announces Hemp Regulations

By October 30, 2019 April 28th, 2020 Regulatory News

On October 29, 2019, the USDA announced hemp regulations with the publication of an Interim Final Rule establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.

The official version of the rule will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, October 31, 2019. The rule is effective immediately and there is a 60-day comment period. The USDA is also issuing several new forms and guidance documents to accompany the rule, which are available on their website.

Key Takeaways for Testing:

  • Hemp testing labs must use: Total Potential delta-9 THC
    • “The testing methodology must consider the potential conversion of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) in hemp into delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the test result reflect the total available THC derived from the sum of the THC and THC-A content.”
  • The total delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration level shall be determined and reported on a dry weight basis.
  • Laboratories approved for THC testing must also be registered with DEA to handle controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), 21 CFR part 1301.13.

Botanacor Laboratories is currently reviewing the USDA hemp regulations and will provide updates to our customers in the near future. If you have any immediate questions, feel free to contact us using our form or via email at: