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AIR: Designed for all laboratories undertaking analysis of samples derived from various fields of air monitoring.
DAPS: Analysis for a wide range of alcoholic beverages (except beer) and intermediate process test materials. The range of beverages includes distilled spirits, fermented worts, cider, wines and fortified wines, liqueurs and cream liqueurs and ready to drink alcoholic beverages.
AFPS: A comprehensive range of chemical and microbiological analysis of animal feeds covering the major analytical areas including proximate analysis, trace elements, aflatoxins, Salmonella spp and indicator organisms.
Aquacheck: A broad range of real, synthetic and surrogate test materials for the analysis of inorganic, organic and metal analytes in a range of water types. Determination of radiochemical and ecotoxicological parameters.
AIMS: Intended for laboratories performing asbestos analysis.
QBS: Test matrices cover fruit juices, soft and carbonated drinks. Microbiological analysis for the main spoilage and indicator organisms as well as chemical analysis for general quality checks, preservatives, sweeteners, vitamin C, minerals and heavy metals.
BAPS: Real beer matrix jointly managed by LGC Standards and Brewing Research International (Campden BRI), chemical, microbiological and sensory analysis.
QCS: Chemical and microbiological analysis for the chocolate industry. Real chocolate or cocoa powder test materials contain low spiking levels of Salmonella and background microbial flora, or chemical parameters for ash, butyric acid, fat, moisture, theobromine and total sugars.
Closed customised schemes: Specifically developed and designed for intra ring trials.
CONTEST: Real soil materials, soil extracts and standard solution matrices. A comprehensive range of analytes for testing contaminated soils include inorganics, organic and metal analytes, leachates and solutions from contaminated land.
COSMETICS: Chemical and microbiological analysis of cosmetic/toiletries products.
DCS: Whole milk, semi-skimmed and skimmed milk, untreated milk and cream. Test materials are presented as a complete set, covering the typical gradient of values expected in each product type and have been carefully formulated, designed and packaged to ensure the highest levels of product quality, integrity and stability. Please note that this is not a proficiency testing scheme.
QDCS: A variety of parameters ranging from classical wet chemistry to instrumentation regularly used within dairy and food testing laboratories.
DOF:Intended for laboratories and on-site screening clinics for the detection of drugs in oral fluid.
DAH: Intended for specialist laboratories for the identification and quantitation of drugs in hair.
DAU: Intended for laboratories and on-site screening clinics for the detection of drugs of abuse in urine.
Explosives: Developed for specialist laboratories providing explosives analytical services.
QFCS: Nutritional analysis, pesticides testing, water activity and additives (preservatives, colours and sweeteners) checks.
QMS: Comprehensive range of microorganisms of relevance to food products including pathogens, indicator organisms, spoilage organisms and normal back ground flora.
QUARTZ: Analysis of drugs in post-mortem and other blood test materials (alcohol in blood - driving impairment) for toxicological purposes, particularly in a forensic context. Blood analytes determined from prescription, non prescription, and controlled drugs and other toxins.
FIRMS: Intended for laboratories performing isotope ratio analysis.
FORENSICS: A range of samples for alcohol technical defence and drugs profiling intended for the forensic science sector to demonstrate the quality of results produced by forensic professionals
QGS: Developed in collaboaration with the trade body,GME. Microbiological tests including pathogens and indicator organisms of relevance to gelatine.
MAPS: Brewing / distilling malted barley, barley, malt flour and black malt. Test materials are analysed for a wide range of EBC (European Brewing Convention) and IBD (Institute of Brewing and Distilling) methods also quality checks and complex analysis include Mycotoxin and NDMA.
MORE: Determination of Manganese ore content by X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis.
QMAS: Meat & fish authenticity, proximate analysis & contaminants of relevance to the meat, fish, shellfish and food testing industries.. Microorganisms of relevance to meat, fish, shellfish products, including pathogens and indicator organisms.
QMIS: Differs from the normal PT schemes because it assesses the competency of the microbiologist to carry out fundamental microbiological techniques.
NiMS: Enables laboratories performing the determination of nickel release from appropriate articles to monitor their performance.
PHARMASSURE: Specifically designed to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical industry, covering chemical and microbiological analysis.
PHYTAS: The quality of botanical products is a great uncertainty that many consumers, analysts and regulators face. PHYTAS has been specifically designed for the phytochemical industry to enable this sector to gain from the many benefits of participation in a PT scheme.
Special bespoke test materials: In the unlikely event that our standard schemes do not fulfil your company's requirements, we would be happy to discuss any special requests you may have.
STACKS: Periodic manual measurement of industrial stacks by the analysis of simulated impinger solutions. EU legislation (Directive 96/61/EC and its codified version 2008/1/EC) dictates that the emissions from stationary stacks are monitored to prevent or reduce emissions. Participation in a PT scheme for stack emission monitoring is a requirement of MCERTS
SUPS: Helps sugar analysts define the quality of sugar and is based on the ICUMSA (International Commission for Uniform Methods of Sugar Analysis) Methods Book. Real sugar and molasses test materials for determining basic and advanced chemical analysis and microbiological analysis.
TDM: Designed for laboratories and clinics who are involved in the routine quantification of therapeutic drugs in serum
TOX: Designed for the clinical sector that perform routine toxicological service, forensic investigations and ethanol in relation to road traffic legislation.
TOYTEST: Allows laboratories involved in the safety testing of toys to monitor their analysis against toy safety standards EN71 (European Standard) and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials). A comprehensive range of test materials with clear instructions as to which parts of the standards to be assessed are available.
QWAS: For the microbiological analysis of waters (bathing, environmental, mineral, potable, process, recreational, sea, surface, waste) effluents and sludges.