The risks associated with poor Quality Control
monitoring is mandatory – all along the supply chain

Products need to be clear of environmental residues such as pesticides, herbicides, mould, fungi and heavy metals. Similarly products need to meet their cannabinoid specifications.

Any adversities in the supply chain may incur serious financial loss; due to loss of productivity, manufacturing capacity and product withdrawals.

As the industry matures and adopts internationally recognised standards, poor compliance with the latest industry standards can lead to license revocation.

Adverse events stemming from poor quality control can set of a chain of reactions such as a loss of industry trust, client reduction and decrease of public confidence in a maturing industry.

Testing program
ACS Laboratories has a number of testing services available to meet the exacting standards that need to be adhered to, in particular the TGO 93.


Phytocannabinoids or cannabinoids as they are more commonly known, are terpenophenolic structures which originate from the cannabis plant.


Terpenes are a large group of organic compounds, produced in a variety of plants – including cannabis.

Pesticide residues

Pesticides are chemical compounds that are used to kill pests, including insects, rodents, fungi and unwanted plants (weeds).

Residual Solvents and Ash

Residual solvents are organic volatile chemicals that are used or produced in the manufacture of drug substances or excipients, or in the preparation of drug products, and are not removed in process.


Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites which are secreted by fungi. They are often found on cannabis plants, released by fungi residing on the plant.

Heavy Metals

Heavy metals are classified as metals with high densities, atomic weights or atomic numbers. Heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead pose as health risks if found in significant levels in health or food products.