Hemp Testing


ESR offers testing services to growers of industrial hemp to meet the requirements of the Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006. The Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR) is an approved laboratory for testing hemp.



ESR Guidelines for the Submission of Hemp Samples for Ministry of Health Licensing Requirements

The object of these regulations is to enable the cultivation and distribution of industrial hemp under a licensing regime that ensures that other forms of cannabis are not cultivated and distributed under the guise of industrial hemp.

Industrial hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa that has a low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content generally below 0.35 percent (and not above 0.5 percent). 

MOH has more information available on Industrial Hemp.

Medicines Control Phone number 04 496 2018

Ministry of Health website link)

The customer or licence holder is responsible for contacting ESR and preparing a Contract for Services prior to the collection and submission of samples. Procedures for collection and submission of samples need to be followed closely to assist analysis. 

You must complete the on-line Hemp Test Submission (including agreeing to ESR’s standard terms and conditions) and pay before any analysis commences.


Hemp Test Submission

Sampling Cultivars

Information on collecting and sending samples can be found here.

Analysis of Samples and Reporting.

The cost of analysis for each cultivar to determine if it meets the licence requirement (i.e. THC content) is $500 (excl GST). Hemp Price List

Results are emailed to the address provided on the Contract and to the Ministry of Health.

Further information is available.

Contact: 09 815 3954 -