Delivering world-class science for our partners, for the future

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  • 100

    years of science

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    R&D projects

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    active partnerships

  • 100,000

    samples per year

Delivering world-class science for our partners, for the future

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Will we see you at IUPAC 2019?

Come and see us on stand 43 at IUPAC, Ghent, on 19th to 24th May 2019 where will be discussing our wide range of environmental risk assessment and specialist research.

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How we can help...

  • Chemical and crop protection companies

    Fera has the scientific and regulatory expertise to provide consultancy services to help you with every step of the regulatory framework process. Our experience derives from working in government, industry, contract research organisations and in regulatory consultancies. We have well-established working relationships with many competent authorities, which means we can support you to achieve product registrations effectively and efficiently.

    Chemical Services
    Absorption mobility

    By understanding how chemical products are transformed, distributed and taken up by organisms in the natural environment, we can provide the data required for environmental risk assessments – ensuring you meet all regulatory requirements in the development of safe plant-protection and veterinary products.

    Terrestrial ecotoxicology

    Fera offers a wide range of standardised laboratory studies, aged residue tests as well as more complex higher tier studies under extended laboratory, glasshouse, semi-field and field conditions with standard or bespoke designs.

    Aquatic ecotoxicology

    Fera offers a full package of studies to GLP on aquatic non-target organisms, on microorganisms and ready biodegradability tests.

    Post market stewardship

    Post-market monitoring and environmental stewardship are essential in the lifecycle of any regulated agrochemical product. It’s important that you have strategies in place to monitor the safety of your products over the long term, along with action plans to minimise risks.

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    Regulatory Risk Assessment
    Analytical Chemistry Services

    Fera offers a wide range of analytical services using sophisticated analytical instrumentation. We have the expertise, personnel and equipment to provide clients with assistance in analytical method development in support of environmental toxicology studies,  manufacturing support, biotechnology, compliant sample analysis, formulated product analysis, polymer analysis, analytical method validation to GLP requirements and surfactant analysis.

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    Meet the scientists...
    Andrew Plumb

    Andrew Plumb

    Andrew holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Hertfordshire and is a Chartered Chemist of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Scientist of the Science Council. At Fera he is responsible for the management and delivery of pesticide formulations analysis for chemical and physical properties.

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  • Food manufacturers and retailers

    With a large range of testing abilities, our multi-disciplinary approach gives an overall view of any food issue you may be facing, providing you with the complete information you need to make the strong decisions needed to address these issues.

    Food Services

    If you need to identify the nature and source of contamination in any food item, OriGen from Fera gives you all the capabilities you need.

    Shelf life and stability testing

    It is essential to accurately determine the use by or best before dates for your products in order to keep your brand and consumers safe.

    Honey authenticity

    Fera offer an extensive authenticity analysis capabilities across a range of samples, such as our extensive Manuka honey testing ability, where we can highlight the presence of Manuka’s active ingredients within one ‘Quad Test’.

    Order Online with Fera

    You can now order your routine Food Tests online, making it simpler for you to work with us and meet your future food testing challenges.

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    Bespoke Training
    Manuka Honey: Microbiological Testing
    (TA & NPA)

    Our scientists measure the TA of your honey sample as a true to label test. This takes into account both peroxide and non-peroxide activity (NPA). Honey naturally possesses anti-microbial properties, but Manuka honey uniquely displays additional non-peroxide antimicrobial activity due to the presence of Methylglyoxal (MGO).

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    Mark Harrison

    Mark is an analytical chemist in the food science team at Fera. He coordinates Fera’s analytical services in relation to honey and has particular expertise in the authenticity of manuka honey.

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  • Growers, farmers and agronomists

    Fera offers a suite of crop health services, resources, testing facilities and expertise to help farmers, growers and the food industry to improve yields, reduce costs and develop sustainable solutions.

    Growers, Farmers and Agronomist Services
    Environmental DNA

    eDNA testing has shown to be a major step forward in confirming the presence of great crested newts. Where traditional methods require multiple site visits, eDNA requires a single sampling visit which can accurately tell you if the pond contains great crested newts.

    Virology diagnosis

    The virology diagnostics team at Fera utilises a range of tests, including ELISA, and molecular methods such as PCR and next generation sequencing, to both detect and identify a range of plant affecting viruses, viroids and phytoplasmas.

    Insect monitoring

    The Fera insect monitoring service helps growers to target insecticide applications more accurately to reduce costs and waste, optimise resources and improve yields.

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    You can now order your routine Crop Tests online, making it simpler for you to work with us and meet your future crop testing challenges.

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    Strawberry Virus Screening Test

    A molecular screen for the following viruses: Strawberry Crinkle Virus, Strawberry mottle virus, Strawberry mild yellow edge virus, Strawberry vein banding virus, Strawberry latent ringspot virus, Arabis mosaic virus, Raspberry ringspot virus and Tomato black ring virus.

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    Meet the scientists...
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    Adrian Fox

    Senior Plant Virologist

    As lead virologist, Adrian's role is to deliver a high-quality virology diagnostic service to a wide range of UK and overseas government and commercial clients. The team utilises a range of both cutting edge and traditional techniques to provide comprehensive diagnostic service covering viruses, viroids and phytoplasmas across the global spectrum of agricultural and horticultural crops.

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  • Proficiency Testing

    Established in 1990, Fapas is a globally recognised provider of proficiency tests, running over 400 tests annually across an extensive range of matrices and analytes for the food and water, environmental chemistry and microbiology sectors.

    Proficiency Testing Services
    Proficiency tests

    Proficiency testing is an essential part of laboratory quality procedure and participation is a mandatory requirement of ISO 17025 accreditation. Fapas proficiency testing provides an independent assessment of your laboratory performance and compares your results to laboratories worldwide.

    Quality control materials

    Surplus test materials from the batch used for the PT may be available for purchase as quality control (QC) samples. These QC samples may be used for troubleshooting poor performance in the PT, training of new staff, method development or generating QC charts.

    Reference materials

    Reference Materials (RMs) are also available from Fapas for some analyte/matrix combinations. RMs have a much higher degree of characterisation than PT or QC materials with a defined chain of traceability

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    Food Chemistry

    The Fapas Food Chemistry Proficiency Testing (PT) Scheme is a UKAS accredited programme offering over 300 PTs annually.

    PT is an essential part of laboratory quality procedures. Taking part gives you confidence in your laboratory equipment, methods and staff, and assurance that you are delivering the quality results demanded by your customers.

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    Mark Sykes

    Scientific Advisor to Fapas

    Mark’s principal role is to provide expert advice on all aspects of Fapas proficiency tests and to investigate difficult datasets and their underlying scientific problems. Mark is also responsible for new product development in proficiency testing and developing bespoke schemes.

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  • Governments and academia

    Translating research into real-world solutions across the agri-food supply chain

    Government and Academia Services
    Science strategy

    We live in a changing world, one that faces global challenges such as climate change, increasing globalisation and population growth. In turn, these all affect our food security. Learn how we are meeting these challenges within our Science Strategy.

    Areas of Expertise

    As an organisation our focus is translating research into evidence and science-based products and services. As we move forward, we encourage an approach that is more entrepreneurial, internationally-focused and integrated into cross-cutting, interdisciplinary programmes that are underpinned by our strategic partnerships and driven by the needs of our customers.

    IAFRI Partnership

    The aim of the partnership is to deliver innovation in research across the agri-food supply chain, and provide sustainable solutions to problems facing Fera’s diverse customer base in both the agricultural and food sectors. The Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) is a joint venture between Newcastle University and Fera Science Ltd (Fera).

    Careers at Fera

    We are no ordinary people. We are original thinkers and problem solvers. Are you part of our solution?

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    Active R&D
    Meet the Fera Scientists

    Feras' science leaders comprises of renowned scientists who underpin our passion for ground breaking innovation and translational science, all supported with technical expertise to ensure best-in-class governance for the organisation.

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    Rosa Amboage

    Rosa is an Economist at Fera within the Land Use and Sustainability team, with a double academic track in economic analysis and environmental and resource management. Her research interests include the economic analysis of policy design and the development of economic-ecological models to understand the effects of environmental management policies, especially in the face of uncertainty.

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Choose a Partner for Success

To enhance our extensive suite of ecotoxicology services we will be launching our new Aquatic Fish Testing Laboratory in Spring 2019. Senior scientists will deliver fish acute, early life stage and bioaccumulation / bioconcentration studies using the available exposure systems, from static to flow-through testing.  

Learn more about how we can support you through the generation of ecotoxicological data required as part of the regulatory approval for your veterinary medicines and feed additives.

Join Fera Science at SETAC Europe, Helsinki

SETAC Europe is a 5-day event featuring a variety of training, networking and learning opportunities. This event is vital for discussions on merging research, regulatory developments and the latest methodologies in environmental toxicology and chemistry.

If you are planning to attend SETAC Europe then come and meet the Fera team on stand 28, where will be discussing our wide range of chemical regulatory services available including, Bee Ecotoxicology, Aquatic Ecotoxicology and Regulatory Risk Assessment. We will also be sharing an update on the recently opened E-Flows Mesocosm facility based in Sand Hutton, York.

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