Strategic Partners

Fera work hard to ensure the continued success and innovations offered both locally and nationally. To ensure this remains the case we work closely with a network of key partners to ensure Fera continue to provide leading analysis solutions to industry.

Strategic Partners

We collaborate with a range of partners in the scientific, government and marketing sector to address the global challenges faced today in protecting and supporting the environment. By working closely together we can keep on creating new innovative products and solutions for the agri-food industry and make the world a better, healthier and safer place.


Capita is the UK’s leading provider of business process management and integrated professional support service solutions, with 73,000 dedicated staff across the UK, Europe, South Africa and India helping make processes smarter, organisations more efficient and customer experiences better. Using technology, insight and analytics they help deliver modern services efficiently, effectively and to a high standard. 

As a major stakeholder of Fera, Capita's involvement allows our company to grow as a business. Their commercial expertise in recruitment and marketing allows Fera to focus on what we do best - scientific research and development.  

Crop Health and Protection (CHAP)

CHAP is one of four Centres for Agricultural Innovation and a key component of the government’s Agri-Tech Strategy.

CHAP is designed to make sure that the knowledge and insight from the UK’s science base is translated into benefits for farmers, growers and the food industry both at home and abroad. The government and industry believe that wider adoption of science and technological innovation is the key to improving productivity and tackling problems such as soil erosion, adapting to climate change, managing the impact of pests and diseases, depleting natural resources, and providing environmentally friendly solutions.

Fera is a founding member of CHAP. Together we develop innovative solutions, such as the SMART-link decision Support Unit, where extensive datasets are used to inform risk mitigation strategies for a range of crop diseases. The E-Flow-link mesocosm by CHAP is developed, designed, managed and operated by Fera. This will allow plant products to be tested for safety in the aquatic environment. 


With 25% ownership in Fera we work closely to safeguard food quality and mitigate environmental risks through effective analysis activites.

Defra is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. They play a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.

Their purpose is to unleash the economic potential of food and farming, nature and the countryside, champion the environment and provide security against floods, animal and plant diseases and other hazards.


As part of our National Reference Laboratory status Fera work closely with the VMD to develop, validate, and implement improved methods for (a) detecting and (b) determining the fate of drugs residues (both veterinary and human) in food, feed and environmental samples. The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) protects animal health, public health and the environment.

The VMD promote animal health and welfare by assuring the safety, quality and efficacy of veterinary medicines.

As an executive agency of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) the VMD contribute to their objectives to protect public health and meet high standards of animal welfare. Their work also helps the Food Standards Agency to protect and improve the safety of food people eat.

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Make it York

Fera sponsors Make It York, the city’s Destination Management Organisation. The aim of Make It York is to promote York – nationally and internationally – as an attractive and vibrant place to live, visit, study, work and do business.

Make It York has six distinct areas of activity: tourism marketing (Visit York), Science and Innovation (Science City York), city centre management, events and festivalsbusiness support and inward investment.

Fera organises various events and activities with Make It York to promote science and support agri-food companies in the region to advance scientific innovation, increase revenues and employment in the region.

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