Why are QC (Quality Control) Testing Labs Important in New Mexico?

QC testing laboratories play a crucial role in supplying information about the safety and quality of cannabis products. Batch samples and products are analyzed to meet New Mexico’s regulations thereby supporting the industry’s growth and development. Before accepting manufacturers’ and producers’ material, QC testing labs have internal compliance standards to meet. 

By following approved protocols, QC testing laboratories supply objective information about the safety and efficacy of cannabis products. Quality control measures are implemented by laboratories to ensure that results obtained are accurate and replicable. Proper calibration of testing methods with routine quality control enables laboratories to produce test results which can be trusted by the state government, manufacturers, and consumers alike.  

What is Cannabis Tested for? 

Licensed NM QC Testing laboratories are required to follow NM Cannabis Control Division’s Administrative Code Title Required Testing of Cannabis Products. Testing includes Cannabinoid Potency, Homogeneity of Batch, Visual Inspection, Residual Solvent & Pesticides levels as well as certain Microbial Contaminants. QC Testing labs support public health and safety by objectively screening for bacterial and fungal (mold and yeast) contaminants, mycotoxins, pesticides, and residual solvents that can be harmful if consumed.  

Though not required, QC testing laboratories also test for Terpenes which may enhance the overall experience of the end user. Knowledge of the mix of terpenes and cannabinoids can be useful for both medical and recreational users. This information can help consumers find the right dosage and avoid potentially negative experiences. Other tests include Moisture Content and Water Activity. Water Activity is an important parameter to consider in the cultivation, processing, and storage of cannabis. High water activity value can create an environment for microbial growth increasing the risk of spoilage and contamination. Moisture analysis is another important aspect of cannabis testing, as it can also affect the quality and safety of the product in addition to its potency. Moisture can promote the growth of mold and other microorganisms, which can be harmful if consumed. 


April 1, 2023 was the one-year anniversary of recreational cannabis in New Mexico. According to the NM Regulation and Licensing Department, 626 retailer licenses have been approved along with 499 manufacturer licenses. All manufacturers and producers must follow NMCCD’s regulations before placing products in any retail environment. 

QC Testing Labs are important to the New Mexico Cannabis industry for providing objective screening to support the safety, quality, and compliance of cannabis products. By detecting and quantifying internal components and possible contaminants, QC Testing Labs provide information for consumers for both the state medical cannabis program and recreational use. 

For more information regarding General Analytic Cannabis Testing Techniques please visit our website or contact us at info@bklabsnm.com with any inquiries 

Written by Dana Neverdousky, MT(ASCP) & Veronica Martinez: March 2023