A quick summary of Production Batches (last edited 06/26/2019)
What are they? When should you use them?
What is a production batch?
In Metrc, when creating a new package you will see a small check box that says Production Batch.
A production batch in Metrc is synonymous with “process lot” in OLCC and OHA rules. It identifies when a product is undergoing processing from one type to another and the new product requires a new set of compliance tests. For example, shake trim being processed into concentrate or concentrate being used to make infused edibles should be marked as a production batch package in Metrc.
Items created as part of a production batch must be tested as required by OHA rules. When creating a production batch in Metrc you’ll be asked to provide a “Prod. Batch No.” which is synonymous with the “Process Lot unique identification number” which is required under Processor Requirements Rules.
Production batches in Metrc should flow like this:
When should I click the production batch button?
Creating a production batch is an important step in the package creation process and it is important that you understand when to use it and when not to use it. The reason for this is that creating a production batch in error can cause you to lose your test results and set your test status back to Not Submitted.
The production batch box should only be checked when you are actually processing an item from one category to another and a new set of compliance tests is required.
When the production batch box is checked and a package is created, the new package will be created with a test status of Not Submitted and no lab results for the package.
By not clicking the production batch box, what you’ll see instead is the following information on the lab results tab:
The information in the lab results tab can become so convoluted that receiving licensees may not know whether or not your product was properly compliance tested because there are too many other results in the tab, in some cases pages and pages of results.
When should I not click on Production Batch?
As we stated above, production batches should only be checked when you are physically changing a product from one type of marijuana item to another. You should not click the production batch for any of the following reasons:
- Correcting item category
Using a production batch at the wrong point of packaging in CTS can lead to you losing test results on packages that have already been tested as you can see in the below examples:
You can see here that the package ending in 13556 has all required tests for buds. But if we create a new package from this package and check production batch:
We see that this new package, which was sourced from 13556 and did not change categories now shows no test results. Even though we know it’s tested, the system reads it as untested because the production batch box was checked.
It’s important to note that if you’ve created a production batch in error, and have not done anything else with the package you created, you can discontinue the package, which will roll the weight back into the source package(s). Note that this will only work if you’ve done nothing else to the package since creating it.