Our food is full of metals and contaminants. So what’s safe?
Whilst metals are part of our every-day life and some can even play an essential part to our health and well-being the same cannot be said for contaminants.
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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.
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.
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.
Work with a partner with more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of study types on water quality and aquatic life. Accessing our new state-of-the-art facilities, purpose-built, high spec aquatic facility.
Recent updates to the EU regulations for biocide products (2017/2100) and plant protection products (2018/605) now require products to be labelled as endocrine disruptors, if they have a demonstrated adverse effect in an individual or its offspring which is a consequence of an endocrine mode of action.
Fera offers a comprehensive range of dietary exposure testing services that includes primary plant metabolism and rotational crop studies, performed in dedicated environmentally controlled facilities.See all Chemical services
The CHAP mesocosm will be the first fully flow through, controlled outflow, facility in Europe. It has been specifically developed for the requirement of the ESFA 2013 Guidance (ESFA guidance stipulates that models such as FOCUS are used to estimate the amount of pesticide that will runoff to Edge-of-Field waterbodies).
Rachel has extensive knowledge and experience of chemical risk assessment, whole effluent assessment, endocrine disruption in aquatic wildlife, the Water Framework Directive and environmental impact assessments. At Fera, she is responsible for conducting research and managing projects regarding aquatic environmental protection, including studies that are conducted to OECD guidelines. She is also a GLP study director.
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.
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.
Fera offer 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’.
At Fera our experts can develop and carry out a standard microbiological testing method to assess the bacterial content of food and beverage products as well as feed products to determine their use by date as well as associated hygiene or product practices.
OriGen helps you to quickly trace the cause of contamination and avoid expensive and damaging product recalls. As supply chains expand across the globe and become ever more complex, quality control systems are coming under increasing strain, and the number of product recalls is growing.See all Food services
Our experts focus on the scientific research relating to intentionally added food components and to those arising from chemical changes during food processing, bioactive chemicals and natural toxicants.
If you are unsure what kind of tests you need, we can help you diagnose your sample using our extensive analysis techniques.
Emma is an analytical chemist by training and currently leads a team of 120 scientists working on food integrity and safety. She has more than 18 years of experience in the analysis of chemical contaminants in foods and specifically chemical migration from food contact materials and articles.
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.
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.
Fera's Plant Clinic is the largest in the UK. Our crop testing and molecular facilities deliver expert diagnostics on a range of plant issues from all over the world. We have extensive expertise in the fields of bacterial, fungal, viral, insect and nematode identification.
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.
The Fera insect monitoring service helps growers to target insecticide applications more accurately to reduce costs and waste, optimise resources and improve yields.See all Growers, farmers and agronomist services
The team at Fera has taken all measures to ensure business continuity for the safe supply of our services during these unprecedented times. Our laboratory and expert scientist teams understand more than ever, the importance of our role in providing accessible and timely support to all of our customers and partners. We are committed to maintaining our high service levels so we can support you and your business by providing the answers you need to make informed in-field decisions.
Senior Plant Virologist
Adrian is the Senior Plant Virologist at Fera. As lead virologist, his role is to deliver a high-quality virology diagnostic service to a wide range of UK and overseas government and commercial clients.
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 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.
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 (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 traceabilitySee all Proficiency Testing services
Proficiency testing (PT) is an independent check of your laboratory procedures that provides you with a completely confidential assessment of your capability. Have you booked your PTs yet for 2020?
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.
Translating research into real-world solutions across the agri-food supply chain
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.
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.
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).
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Phil Jennings has over 25 years of experience in fungal plant pathology,
especially epidemiology, disease control, experimental/field trial
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Work with the people who developed the guidelines.
In the webinar, Dr. Wendy Van Beinum, leading expert in Aged Sorption from Enviresearch and Dr. Chris Sinclair, renowned Environmental Fate specialist from Fera discussed and demonstrated how Aged Sorption studies for pesticides should be conducted, analysed, and used in regulatory assessment and discuss their inclusion in higher-tier testing for groundwater. Watch now click here
Proficiency testing is an independent check of your laboratory procedures that provides you with a completely confidential assessment of your capability. Participation in proficiency testing schemes not only allows you to demonstrate the validity of your systems and the technical ability of your staff, it also helps you gain and maintain ISO/17025 accreditation.
Confidence in your laboratory equipment, methods, and staff provides your customers with the assurance that you are delivering the quality results they require. Fapas® proficiency testing schemes cover food and beverage chemistry, food and beverage microbiology, GM Foods, water and environmental chemistry, and water and environmental microbiology. Our quality control samples and reference materials can be purchased easily through our website throughout the year.
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