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

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

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Contaminants & Mycotoxins

Wild birds are at risk of a number of serious diseases at our garden bird feeders. The research, conducted in partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and Fera Science Ltd, analysed more than 25 years’ worth of data on the occurrence of wild bird diseases. A follow up study is currently underway to determine aflatoxin and ochratoxin A in bird feed peanuts, nut kibbles and sunflower seeds

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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.

    Consultancy services

    Fera consultancy services support you through the regulatory processes required to register your chemical products and biocides in the EU.


    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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    Bee Ecotoxicology
    Bee Ecotoxicology

    Our research expertise and scientific resources can help you to test your plant-protection products for their effects on bee survival, development and behaviour – helping you to develop products that are safe for bees and other pollinators.

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    Meet the scientists...
    Chris Sinclair

    Chris Sinclair

    Chemical Safety Science Lead

    Chris has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of chemical safety. He is responsible for the management and delivery of the regulatory environmental risk assessment processes (quantifying risk for pesticides, veterinary medicines and feed additives) of environmental fate and behaviour of chemicals (e.g. movement of chemicals through soils to surface and ground waters) for our customers.

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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
    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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    To aid in the declaration of polyphosphates we have developed a test that detects the amount of 'added' phosphates in prawns, distinguishing between the naturally occurring levels of phosphates and the level of added phosphates.

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    Meet the scientists...
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    James Donarski

    Scientific Lead and Project Manager for Food Authenticity

    James is the scientific lead and project manager for work relating to food authenticity at Fera. Currently, his primary research interests are identification of biomarkers and where applicable, the subsequent development of rapid and/or portable tools for their detection.

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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
    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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    Bee Ecotoxicology
    Potato Brown Rot & Ring Rot

    These quarantine potato diseases are notifiable in the UK and are listed in the EC Plant Health Directive. Fera can highlight the presence of these diseases within your potato samples to mitigate the economic risks associated with disease outbreak.

    Contact us on +44 (0)300 100 0322 to learn more.

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    Meet the scientists...
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    Adrian Fox

    Principal Plant Virologist

    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. Adrian has participated as an external expert on working groups for European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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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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    Bespoke PTs

    Bespoke schemes from Fapas give customers a variety of ways of commissioning proficiency tests to their own specification.

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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).

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    Active R&D
    Active R&D

    We collaborate and partner with many industry and government organisations in order to aid in the safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy.

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    Meet the scientists...
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    Rick Mumford

    Director of Science

    Rick is the Director of Science at Fera, leading on science strategy and head of profession for over 350 scientists. Rick has extensive experience of working with both government and industry, across agriculture, horticulture and into the wider environment.

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Bee Ecotoxicology Testing Services ebook

The most recent EFSA Guidance Document proposes a tiered risk assessment scheme including non-Apis species (Bombus spp. (Bumble bees) and solitary bees) as well as honey bees (Apis mellifera). This guidance will likely be followed by new regulations making the tiered risk assessment scheme mandatory. Although this guidance document has not yet been formally accepted into the legislative framework the data requirements are clearly set out in the current legislation – Commission Regulations (EU) Nos 283/2013 and 284/2013 (data requirements for active substances and PPPs respectively) and therefore receiving authorities will expect this data.

To learn more about our Bee Ecotoxicology Testing Services download our ebook today.

eDNA; An Easy, Cost Effective way to Test for Newts

Environmental DNA (eDNA) has a number of advantages over more traditional methods of sampling for great crested newts, allowing you to sample right up until the end of June. It also requires just a single sample taken by an ecologist at any time during the newt breeding season to determine their presence or absence, giving you the flexibility you need. The tests are quick and easy to perform potentially saving you time and money. As a protected species, great crested newts are safeguarded in this country so newts and their habitats cannot be disturbed. Survey reports and mitigation plans are required for development projects that could affect protected species, so it’s often necessary to test for the presence of great crested newts in any potential breeding ponds on a development site.

"Great crested newts are a protected species in this country so they can’t be disturbed. Fera has been at the heart of eDNA testing for great crested newts in the UK for many years."

Phil Northing
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