CBD Health Beauty Product

CBD Cosmetic Product Testing

Evaluation of CBD-Containing Cosmetic Products

As of the passing of the U.S. Agricultural Improvements Act of 2018, industrial hemp – including its extracts and derivatives as defined in the Act – is longer regulated as a controlled substance.  This provides new opportunities for the commercial agriculture growth of industrial hemp and the use of hemp-derived substances in cosmetic products.

Personal care products (cosmetics) containing CBD (cannabidiol) are subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation.  As such, products shall not be misbranded or adulterated.  Meaning, label claims on products that contain cannabinoids shall not be false, misleading, and shall not explicitly state or imply a structural or functional change to the skin or body and the product shall be safe to use. 


At Bureau Veritas, we have been partnering with manufacturers, brands, and retailers in meeting the requirements of today’s challenging marketplace for decades. Third-party testing with Bureau Veritas confirms the integrity of your products, at a fast and affordable cost. 

We have developed a new supplemental protocol, applicable to cosmetic products intended to be sold in the U.S. that aims to provide insight into the quality of these cosmetic products. This protocol includes the following: 

1. Cannabinoid Screen: CBD-containing cosmetic products shall contain a THC content below 0.3%, in order to not be reclassified as a controlled substance. We provide a cannabinoid screen that includes the following cannabinoids:

• Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
• Tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA)
• Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
• Cannabidiol (CBD)
• Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)
• Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
• Cannabinol (CBN)
• Cannabigerol (CBG)
• Cannabichromene (CBC) 
• Any other Cannabinoid at >0.1%

2. Mycotoxin Screen: Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by fungal organisms. Industrial hemp crops can be exposed to molds, which can be infected with the contaminants.  We offer a mycotoxin screening that quantitatively evaluates the product for Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2, and Ochratoxin A. 

3. Heavy Metals Screen:  Heavy metals are known to pose a health concern to humans.  We provide a heavy metals screen to determine the content of antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, and zinc in cosmetic products. 

4. Pesticide Screen:  Pesticides are commonly used in the cultivating of crops. We offer a pesticide screening that quantitatively evaluates products for the content of over 500 known pesticides. 

5. Product Stability:  Stability studies are conducted to help visualize what can happen to a product over a simulated period of time. Our Buffalo, NY facility can evaluate a product to determine its ability to remain shelf stable.  Physical characteristics, cannabinoid content, and microbiological attributes of a product are reviewed at the initiation of a study, as well as during or after the simulated aging, to determine if the product deteriorates or changes over time.  

For more information, contact Bureau Veritas Buffalo at:
info@us.bureauveritas.com or 716-505-3300 / 1-800-277-8000


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