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IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: Transport Manifests


The traceability system has been updated such that we cannot receive your samples in the traceability system if the transport manifest has not been transferred to our lab. Please remember to complete this important step before samples are sent.

Our traceability interface does not allow us to see manifests or to know whether or not a manifest has been transferred. All we can do is attempt to receive the samples in the system. When the receiving step fails, we are greeted with a popup warning that the manifest has not been transferred and we are prevented from receiving the samples or entering results. The issue is resolved upon transfer of the manifest.

Please be aware that we are unable to process or enter results on any samples for which the manifest has not been transferred. Also, when the manifest is transferred late, this must be resolved by a tedious and time consuming manual receiving process on our end. By taking care to be sure the transfer is complete before sending us samples, you can avaoid unnecessary delays in testing. Thanks for your patience, and for helping us to process your samples smoothly and efficiently!



We at Confidence are honored to receive the 2016 DOPE Magazine Industry Award for Best Testing Facility. We are proud to have shared the list of category nominees with Integrity Labs, and Analytical 360, and we’re grateful for the efforts of Dope Magazine in their continued efforts and support of medical and recreational Cannabis across the country.

It is a powerful thing to be recognized by one’s peers in this way, and it makes us take notice: as our industry continues to mature, it also continues to come together in very promising ways. Each day we talk to Producers and Processors, Retailers, and tertiary industry reps who recognize that this is the time when collaboration is more profitable and powerful than competition. This very notion is bringing participants together at every point in the supply chain; from soil engineer to retail consumer, we are beginning to solidify the long-term sustainability of our industry by working together. We thank all of you for your votes, but we are most thankful for your continued collaboration and efforts to make Washington’s Cannabis Industry the best in the nation.

3rd Annual Washington Cannabis Summit


Who does the summit represent?

  • Industry participants (producers, processors, retailers, adjunct businesses, consumers)
  • Industry modifiers (legislators, regulators, local bureaucrats)

What are the goals of the Summit?

  • Reflection and critical analysis
  • Unifying ideals and values, issues, problems and concerns
  • To underscore the depth and breadth of knowledge we have access to
  • By utilizing each other we can advance more quickly

Where does it take place?

Crowne Plaza Seatac. 17338 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188


Friday, January 6, 2017

Cannabis Industry Event Summons Thought Leaders from Across the Nation for the 3rd Annual Washington Cannabis Summit

Seattle, WA: On January 06th, 2017 The Cannabis Alliance will be hosting the 3rd Annual Washington Cannabis Summit, a day of progressive discussions around the complex world of cannabis. This year’s theme focuses on the Continuity of Prohibition and the Road to Normalization. Conversations will be reflective and provide critical analysis of the industry while exploring topics such as the potential policy impacts that cannabis legalization has, and will have, on the state and the nation.

The vision of the Washington Cannabis Summit is that the speakers, along with the discussions developed around key topics, will both inspire and better connect individuals with professionals, public servants, academics and citizens who share a commitment to improving the burgeoning cannabis industry.

With more and more states choosing to legalize, it’s important to have foresight, to look at long-term strategies in order to position Washington as a competitive and socially responsible contributor. We have the ability to make our current system better. This can only be accomplished by coming together, being visionary and by working with each other to create sustainable and successful industries.

We invite you to join us in attendance to this historic event. We know that the solutions of tomorrow’s cannabis industry can only happen when the leaders of today come together in solidarity. Only one promise can be made to the individual attendee, you will be provided a distinct view of the future of cannabis policy. A view that can only be achieved once you’ve reached the summit.

Learn more about the 3rd Annual Cannabis Summit Speakers and view the day’s agenda at: http://www.wacannabissummit.org

About The Cannabis Alliance: The Cannabis Alliance is a non-profit trade association that understands that the war on drugs has created misperceptions, mistrust and even fear about the industry and legalization. The Alliance seeks to change those perceptions and improve the business environment for our members and our communities, through education, advocacy, and helping set the highest possible industry standards.

We've made changes to our Certificates


We've recently upgraded our certificates with a new look. None of the data have changed, but the way they are arranged on the page is now as follows

The only two cannabinoid numbers required to be present on the package label are Total THC and Total CBD, also known as THCmax and CBDmax, respectively. These numbers have the largest font of all the numbers on the certificate. In the footer, there is a description of how the totals are calculated.

Please be aware that the Traceability system recently added a new value called "Total Cannabinoid" which is an incorrect name for the value associated with it. "Total Cannabinoid" as reported in Traceability is actually just a sum of THCmax and CBDmax. In contrast, the "Total Cannabinoid" value reported by Confidence is a raw sum of all cannabinoids measured and is intended to represent the raw weight of cannabinoids in the sample. Biotrack has admitted their mistake in naming the value "Total Cannabinoids" and we have been told they are working on changing the name to something like "THC+CBD". Again, what Biotrack calls "Total Cannabinoid" is actually just THCmax + CBDmax.

Due to recent changes to the Traceability system, there are sometimes slight discrepancies between the totals listed in Traceability and totals measured by the lab. This is another bug in the Biotrack software, and is due to slight rounding differences between their software and ours. We are not going to change the way our software calculates totals, because our values are the correct values, and indeed the law states that the values reported by the lab on the Certificate of Analysis are the official values. The differences in rounding never affect more than the last digit of the value, which is only 1/10th of one percent or less, so the actual impact is rather small.

We hope these updates to our certificates will help to make it more readable and presentable. As always, we appreciate feedback.

Interested in Product Transport and Warehousing?


Confidence Analytics has recently been approached by a company called Bodega Services Inc. Bodega Services is interested in offering distribution and warehousing solutions to 502 farmers and manufacturers. They have approached us in hopes that we might help them identify key areas where they may be of added value to our industry. If you haven't already, please take 3 minutes to complete their survey:


The results of this survey will be anonymous. Rest assured that your contact info and other identifiable information will not be shared with Bodega Services without your consent. Specifically, we will not share your information with Bodega unless you enter your email address into the last question of the survey (which is optional). The survey form is managed by Confidence, and only the answers to the survey (not IP addresses or other identifiable information) will be shared with Bodega.

Additional Products Test Positive for Undisclosed Pesticides


The WSDA has detected residues of one or more undisclosed pesticide ingredients in the following 3 products. Their Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order can be viewed here:


Proposed Rule Changes For Testing and Labeling


Following recommendations by the QA Work Group (an LCB sponsored think-tank composed of labs, producers, processors, retailers, WSDA, DOH, DOE, and outside interest groups) the LCB has proposed some major revisions to the rules related to testing and labeling.

Revisions to the testing rules are far overdue. These revisions represent the culmination of serious effort by many stakeholders to improve the testing paradigm in our industry.

Below is a synopsis of the proposed changes

  • Increase maximum lot size to 15 lbs
  • Sample the population such that variance can be described. See Sampling Cannabis for Analytical Purposes to learn more.
  • Require ISO Certification for all Cannabis Labs
  • Revision of microbial limits test
  • Require reporting of acidic cannabinoids
  • Enhancing the Residual Solvent Test
  • Pesticide testing at the harvest level instead of lot level
  • Allowing wholesale without testing if the product is intended for extraction
  • Allowing labs to reference each other
  • Allowing retests without specific LCB approval (automated retesting)
  • Defining lot remediation

Confidence Analytics does have a seat on the QA Work Group, and has been actively involved in advocating for our clients. We have been soliciting feedback from the community, and we welcome your feedback. If you have issues related to the testing rules that you’d like us to bring to the conversation, please email nick@conflabs.com

Based on feedback we’ve received so far, the following is a synopsis of further revisions we are advocating for:

  • Lift the cap on lot size to allow for infinite lot size (per-strain per-harvest, not arbitrary ceiling)
  • Reduce the number of required potency tests from what is being proposed
  • Remove ethanol limits from residual solvent list
  • Allow for process validation to demonstrate homogeneity of batch
  • Remove microbiological screening requirement for solvent-based extracts
  • Require package labeling of any non-cannabis-derived-additive in vaporizable products

These changes are likely to make our testing industry more transparent, more repeatable, and more honest. Such dramatic changes will not come quick. It will be at least 4 months before a CR103 is filed and these rules become effective. In the meantime, if you have recommendations please get in touch. Your lab is advocating for you.

Want to Test it Yourself?


Have you ever wanted to do your own analytical testing onsite at your production/processing or retail facility? Have you tried some of the handheld and/or infrared testing devices only to find that they aren't very accurate? We've got a solution for you:

Confidence Analytics is selling one of our HPLC-DAD instruments. This is the gold standard in cannabinoid analytics, and you could have one at your operation. We are selling the full-stack including: autosampler, mixer, degasser, quaternary pump, thermostated column compartment, diode array detector, computer and chemstation controller software. We can also provide reagents, consumables, calibration, method, training and support to use the instrument for precision cannabinoid analysis on a routine basis. We'll show you how it works!

It's an Agilent 1100 Series HPLC. A very capable and versatile instrument that is built to last and has been well maintained. We are replacing it with a newer model, and no longer have need for it. The instrument has and continues to perform well, having tested over 10,000 cannabis samples successfully... and counting.

It is calibrated for THC, CBD, CBG, the acid forms of all three, CBC, and CBN, and you could add others at your expense. It is capable of testing flower and concentrates with a method that is reasonably straightforward. Edibles and topicals are also doable, through require more operator training, scientific savvy, reagent use, and equipment maintenance.

You won't be able to use the instrument for QA testing in traceability, unless your business is accredited as a cannabis laboratory. Otherwise, it would be for onsite R&D testing purposes only. Please call to inquire.

Now Testing Medical Harvests


Confidence Analytics is now equiped to test for medical harvests under the new DOH rules.

Please call to inquire.

Sample Size and Protocol. LCB Rule Change.


The WSLCB enacted a set of emergency rules to take effect on June 18th, 2016, which includes a sample size minimum for flower of 4 grams. The rule also describes requirements for randomization of sample selection, more details can be found on our website, and the WSLCB's Recently Adopted Rules under "-2015 Marijuana Legislation Implementation (Effective June 18, 2016)."

To avoid delaying results, please be ready to provide 4 gram samples by June 18th.

Confidence Analytics is Now Testing for Pesticides.


After manufacturer installation, onsite validation to factory specifications, extensive calibration and method development, and a lot fo hard work, Confidence Analytics is proud to offer the Northwest a highly advanced technology capable of detecting pesticides and drug compounds of interest with extreme sensitivity. Read more on our Pesticide FAQ page.

The WSLCB's recent emergency rules describe action levels for pesticide residues, whereby detection above these levels could be cause for a recall. The rules do not mandate pesticide testing, nor do the rules mandate reporting of pesticide test results. Until further rules are enacted, pesticide testing is optional and neither the laboratory nor the recipient of the data is required to report the results to anyone.

Now is your window to find out what your baseline pesticide levels are before mandatory testing and reporting become a reality. If you are a processor who makes concentrates, you should consider spot checking some of your starting material.