Residual Solvent Testing


At Nova Analytic Labs, we specialize in the vital area of Residual Solvent Testing and Analysis. Our primary goal is to ensure the production of the highest quality concentrates and products while verifying the integrity of the producer’s process. We are well-aware that chemical solvent impurities can significantly impact the health of the end user, hence the necessity of thorough and accurate testing.

Our specialty lies not only in cannabis and hemp product testing, but extends to a wide range of other industries that require similar services. From pharmaceuticals to food and beverages, our expertise in residual solvent testing is industry-agnostic and caters to any business aiming to assure product safety and quality.

Residual solvents are chemicals utilized in the extraction process of various products. While these solvents are generally removed after extraction, traces can sometimes remain, and these residual chemicals can potentially compromise product safety and efficacy. Therefore, Residual Solvent Testing and Analysis is crucial to verify that these solvents are absent or within acceptable, safe limits.

Our comprehensive testing aligns with the strictest regulatory requirements. For instance, the state of Maine mandates testing for approximately 20 different solvents in all products, except for dried flower. This regulation helps ensure that products are safe and that consumers are protected.

The list of required chemicals for testing in Maine includes:

  •  Acetone
  • Acetonitrile
  •  Butanes
  •  Ethanol
  •  Ethyl Acetate
  •  Ethyl Ether
  •  Heptane**
  •  Hexane
  •  Isopropyl Alcohol
  •  Methanol
  •  Pentane
  •  Propane
  •  Toluene**
  •  Total Xylenes (ortho, meta,para) **
  •  1,2-Dichloroethane
  •  Benzene**
  •  Chloroform
  •  Ethylene Oxide
  •  Methylene Chloride
  •  Trichlorethylene

At Nova Analytic Labs, we are equipped and experienced in testing for all these solvents and more. Our comprehensive approach ensures that we can accurately detect and quantify the presence of any residual solvents.

The legal cannabis industry has experienced rapid growth and evolution, making safety regulations and quality control increasingly important. At Nova Analytic Labs, we have a special focus on providing top-tier residual solvent testing and analysis for cannabis products. Cannabis concentrates and extracts are often produced using a variety of solvents to separate the desired compounds from the plant material. This extraction process can sometimes leave residual solvents that, if not properly purged, could impact product safety, quality, and efficacy. We accurately identify and quantify any residual solvents, ensuring that cannabis products meet regulatory standards and are safe for consumption. Our proficiency in cannabis residual solvent testing means we can effectively assist growers, manufacturers, and dispensaries in ensuring their products’ safety and compliance, thereby protecting both their businesses and their consumers.

We utilize state-of-the-art equipment and methodologies in our Residual Solvent Testing process. With advanced techniques such as Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), we can accurately identify and quantify residual solvents, providing you with a complete analysis of your product.

Our commitment to precision, transparency, and compliance sets us apart, ensuring that your product aligns with all safety and quality standards. Furthermore, our rapid turnaround times and dedicated customer service means you can trust in a swift, thorough and professional service.

Choose Nova Analytic Labs for all your Residual Solvent Testing and Analysis needs. Reach out to us today to learn more about our comprehensive testing solutions.