LuCan Laboratories (Pty) Ltd is a testing facility, leading the way in Africa through extensive quality control with the main
focus on the testing and analysis of cannabis in various matrixes. LuCan Labs also do water analysis. All analysis are
supported by tested methods and continued research, with the end results supplying customers with comprehensive
Certificates of Analysis (COAs). We also offer consulting services on the management of cannabis. We have a dedicated team of
experts (Chemists and Biotechnologists) who ensure the provision of consistent results and analytical data.
Our main objective through comprehensive testing is to ensure that our customers have peace of mind that their product complies with public safety standards and that label claims are met. Our laboratory is fully equipped to test any form of cannabis; flower, crude, edibles, tinctures and distillates. LuCan Labs is in a secure location with access control via security in the main building and two biometric access control points before entry into the main laboratory.
Sample Receiving and Handling
At LuCan Labs we provide sample tracking throughout all analytical processes. For each sample received, a Chain of Custody form is submitted (click here to view), customer information and sample storage conditions, tests required and instruction on sample destruction are recorded. After receipt the sample is immediately logged into the order tracking system where it’s given a unique lab ID and order number. An order tracking summary is also generated to trace samples as it move through the various processes.
Photography and Visual inspection
Following logging in of the sample and sample identification, photos of the sample are taken; one of the sample itself indicating the packaging and condition it is received in and another photo of the content via a digital microscope. These photos are included on the COA. The microscopic picture itself is a test result for screening foreign matter contamination (fungi, mildew, mold or any debris) which are not part of the sample, another advantage is that it also gives insight about trichomes density and flower maturity.
Fatien (Analytical Chemist), has over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a quality specialist with knowledge and experience of quality standards and applications within manufacturing and laboratory environments. Fatien’s background includes analytical method development and validation, QC testing. Implementation of stability with both the testing and storage. Coupled with laboratory management and QA.
Matjabaka (Chaby) has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biotechnology obtained from the National University of Lesotho graduating with an award as the Metropolitan Lesotho Best Student in Biotechnology for the year 2017. Chaby is a Biotechnologist at LuCan Labs, she has over a year’s experience working in a laboratory environment at Proverde Lesotho Laboratories which changed to LuCan Labs in August 2018. Chaby performs Microbiological Analysis of cannabis products, she works on the screening, identification and quantitation of microorganisms that contaminate cannabis and cannabis derived products.
Katleho T Ramabele aka ‘RAMA’ has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biotechnology obtained from the National University of Lesotho. RAMA is a General Lab Scientist at LuCan Labs where he coordinates laboratory floor operations and serves to stand-in for any of the dedicated specialists. RAMA’s role include ensuring proper transition from sample receiving to results publication, testing with focus on visual inspection and water activity/moisture content and assisting specialists in their respective fields, managing LIMS, training and SOP development and review. RAMA focus on helping you ensure a minimum turnaround time for test results.
Thabiso has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Technology obtained from the National University of Lesotho. Thabiso is an experienced Analytical Chemist with extensive research in the use of Gas Chromatography and has demonstrated history of working in an ISO (17025) Accredited Laboratory. Thabiso is a specialist in the operation of Ultra-Performance Liquid Chromatography for cannabinoid testing and Ultra-Performance Liquid Chromatography Mass-Spectrometry for pesticides and Mycotoxins analysis. Thabiso feels privileged to be part of the LuCan Labs team, helping to bring quality analytical testing to a rapidly growing cannabis industry.
Mitchell aka ‘Mitch’ has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Technology obtained from the National University of Lesotho. Mitch is currently responsible for running of the ICP-MS, GC-MS Headspace and the GC-MS/MS Triple quad. He has been present since the lab was established in August 2018 hence have gained massive experience in a short period in terms of setting up the instruments, maintenance and qualification of instruments. Turn-around times of results to the clients and very short downtimes for the instruments have been his priority while still maintaining good laboratory practices.