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

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  • 100

    years of science

  • 600

    R&D projects

  • 1,000

    active partnerships

  • 100,000

    samples per year

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

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EVENT

IUPAC International Congress 2019

Come and see us on stand 68 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
    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
    CHEMICAL REGULATION
    Regulatory Risk Assessment

    Assessing the risks to human health or the environment of any chemical product is an essential part of the regulatory registration process. Companies wishing to market any chemical products, including biocides, in the EU need to register the products with relevant regulatory frameworks.

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    Meet the scientists...
    Chris Sinclair

    Chris Sinclair

    Chris is an expert in regulatory environmental risk assessment processes, registration requirements and guidance for pharmaceuticals, veterinary medicines and pesticides.

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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 TESTING
    Fera Bespoke Food Training

    As new risks and threats to our food emerge daily, it’s essential that you stay up to date with the latest food testing and analytical techniques – to ensure the foods you produce, import or sell are safe, authentic and comply with the latest regulations.

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    Meet the scientists...
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    Emma Bradley

    Emma is an analytical chemist by training and currently leads a team of 120 scientists working on food integrity and safety. With more than 18 years of experience in the analysis of chemical contaminants in foods and specifically chemical migration from food contact materials and articles.

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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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    Nematodes
    CROP HEALTH
    Effective Management of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes in Soils

    The Nematology Team provides a unique free-living nematode identification service, and offers nematode detection and consultancy advice for all sectors of agriculture and horticulture.

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    Tom Prior

    Senior Plant Nematologist

    Tom is the Senior Plant Nematologist at Fera. As lead nematologist, his role is to deliver a high-quality nematology diagnostic service to a wide range of UK and overseas government and commercial clients.

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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
    Water & Environmental Chemistry

    The scheme satisfies the UK Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) requirements for the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulation 2016: Regulation 16, Appendix 1 for both chemical and microbiological parameters.

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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
    Come & Work with Us

    Our success is built on our ability to solve problems. Over 100 years of our accumulated original thinking sets us apart from the rest. If you love change, a challenge and the opportunity this brings, Fera could be right for you.

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    Mike Dickinson

    Senior Analytical Chemist

    Mike leads metabolomics applications using high resolution mass spectrometry and has expertise in non-targeted analysis of food for safety and authenticity.

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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.

Diagnosing your soft fruit crops.

Soft fruit crops can often be subject to yield robbing pests and diseases which are not always instantly noticeable. Viruses for example can be present in root stock and depending on the type of virus it may not present symptoms until later in the crop season.

Our diagnosticians are globally recognised for their expertise in diagnosing plant diseases and identification of plant pests. Our approach is to use the most appropriate method for diagnosing each sample ranging from traditional techniques, such as microscopy through to cutting edge molecular diagnostics. 

We offer a wide range of tests to diagnose your crops and understand that every plant case is different. Often you may not know the likely cause of the problem you have found, for these cases we offer bespoke examination of your sample to assess the most probable cause. 

Explore the Fera shop today and let us support you with your crop testing options.

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