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United Kingdom Accreditation Service

The Government Laboratory is accredited by UKAS, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, to recognised International Standard BS EN ISO / IEC 17025:2005 for a representative range of our testing work. See downloadable documents for details of the precise scope of our accreditation, which should be noted does not cover the entirety of our very wide range of work, or on the UKAS website. Only the tests specified in the schedule are subject to this formal accreditation.

The scope of accreditation is kept under constant review and is likely to change at least annually - this site should therefore be checked periodically for updates. Users for whom accreditation of specific tests is important are urged to check the scope of accreditation and to discuss their requirements with the Laboratory.

For information on the scope of accreditation that was applicable prior to the date of issue of the current schedule please contact the laboratory.

Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope and the operation of a laboratory quality management system. It has been agreed internationally that fulfilment of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 means that the laboratory meets both the technical competence requirements and management system requirements that are necessary for it to consistently deliver technically valid test results and calibrations.

Proficiency testing schemes

In addition, we participate in a number of proficiency testing schemes to verify our technical competence across a representative range of our testing work:

  • AQUACHECK (water analysis)
  • DAPS - Distillers Analysis Proficiency Scheme
  • FAPAS - the Food Analysis Performance Assessment Scheme
  • FOBS - (foreign bodies in food)
  • LEAP - Laboratory Environmental Analysis Proficiency Scheme
  • QDCS - Quality in Dairy Chemistry Scheme
  • QMS - Quality in Microbiology Scheme
  • QUASIMEME (shellfish toxins)
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