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

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REGULATION CHANGE

New Technical Guidelines

Regulation (EU) No 283/2013, Annex 6.10 require studies on residues in pollen and bee products intended for human consumption. New technical guidelines for determining the magnitude of pesticide residue in honey and setting maximum residue levels in honey is being implemented in January 2020.

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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
    Regulatory risk assessment

    Preparing a detailed and thorough dossier of evidence and data is essential for a hassle-free product approval. We can help to ensure that you provide all the necessary evidence, compliance data and risk assessments to satisfy the requirements of the regulatory authority – whether for BPR or REACH registration.

    Higher Tier Risk Assessments

    The Edge of Field Waterbody Safety Assessment Facility (E-Flows) is designed to be a state of the art mesocosm providing a realistic test bed for regulatory risk assessments.

    Ecotoxicology

    If you are a company developing veterinary products or plant protection products (PPPs), it’s essential that you fully assess the risks posed by your products to the wider environment and natural ecosystems. 

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    Regulatory Risk Assessment
    NEW AQUATIC FISH LAB
    Aquatic Ecotoxicology

    To enhance our extensive suite of ecotoxicology services we will be launching our new Aquatic Fish Testing Laboratory in Spring 2019.

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    Meet the scientists...
    Steve Mattock

    Steve Mattock

    Steve is the Head of the Ecotoxicology group at Fera. His role is to ensure the delivery of a high-quality ecotoxicology service to clients. Steve has over 22 years practical experience of conducting aquatic ecotoxicology studies in both industry and contract research laboratories. In addition, he has also spent over 15 years working as an environmental risk assessor preparing ecotoxicology risk assessments for plant protection products, biocides and REACH related registrations..

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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
    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.

    Food safety and support tools

    Food recalls can cost millions of pounds and can devastate a company's reputation. Consumers, retailers and regulators are now demanding transparency and accountability for the entire ingredient supply chain.

    Food packaging analysis

    Fera is the UK National Reference Laboratory for Materials and Articles in Contact with Food. Food contact materials testing is used worldwide to make sure that food is not contaminated by any of the products it comes into contact with.

    Contaminant testing

    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

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    Bespoke Training
    FOOD TEST
    Manuka Honey Test

    Fera honey analysts use industry leading techniques and cutting edge technologies to establish levels of the marker compound leptosperin within your Manuka honey samples. Through this analysis, the authenticity of your Manuka honey can be assessed against the findings of international research programmes and industry standards.

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    Meet the scientists...
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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
    Order Online with Fera

    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.

    Diagnose my crop problem

    Initial assessment typically includes visual examination of your sample by our plant pathologists to assess the most probable cause and appropriate method of testing. We will report back to you within 5 working days of receiving your sample, giving our initial examination findings and if appropriate, a time-scale for completion of the work.

    Crop R&D services

    Pests and diseases present a major challenge to both agriculture and our natural environment, with around one third of the global harvest lost to weeds, pests and diseases every year. Fera provides a host of targeted research and development services to help governments, policymakers, agricultural and horticultural businesses, farmers and growers tackle these threats.

    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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    CROP HEALTH TEST
    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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    Fapas
    BESPOKE PROFICIENCY TESTING
    Food Microbiology

    Our proficiency test samples are real food samples with target organisms for detection or enumeration. Our test materials are designed to simulate real laboratory samples with varying levels of target organisms and background flora, they provide challenging, high quality and innovative proficiency tests.

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    Meet the scientists...
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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
    BE AN ORIGINAL THINKER
    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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    Meet the scientists...
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    Debbie Collins

    Efficacy Tester

    Debbie manages a number of projects for commercial and government customers with the emphasis on evaluating pesticide treatments to enhance pest management strategies.

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Are you having problems with pests?

Pest threat can cause significant yield reduction in many crops from cereals, oilseeds, field veg, soft fruits and even glasshouse cropping.

If you are looking for better targeting of aphicide applications and other crop management interventions, then Fera can help.

Our insect monitoring service provides growers with the information and tools required to assess a range of pest threats including pollen beetle, aphids and glasshouse pests.

Forming the backbone of modern pest controls, our aphid monitoring service provides information specifically for your crop to assess the risk of virus transmission. Click here to learn more about how our aphid monitoring service can help you.

Being able to understand the risks to crops allows for more informed decisions on treatment in line with integrated pest management guidelines.

Are you attending IUPAC 2019, Ghent?

For more than 60 years, crop health experts have been sharing their expertise and discussing emerging issues of global significance in agriculture at the IUPAC conferences.

Join Fera Science on stand 68 at IUPAC on 19th to 24th May 2019, where we 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. So, if you are planning to attend this event, we hope that you will come along to stand 43 and meet the Fera team. 

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