Browse through a selection of videos presenting Fera's products, services and scientific aims.
At Fera we carry out food packaging testing and contact materials testing to ensure that your products comply with the appropriate regulations for food contact materials. Our work involves targeted and non targeted analysis of known and unknown migrants. Analysis can be carried out in complex matrices (foods, food simulants and food contact materials and articles) utilising a range of advanced chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques.
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. We work closely with the National Bee Unit, giving us access to a huge range of resources to support your risk assessments, including more than 150 colonies of honey bees and a highly skilled beekeeping team.
Working with commercial companies to accelerate the process of bringing safer and more effective plant-protection products to market. E-Flows is a state-of-the-art system designed to provide plant-protection companies with a test bed of streams, ditches or ponds that represent edge-of-field surface waterbodies. Its purpose is to accelerate the process of bringing new high-value products to market. It will provide flow-through systems for controlled exposure scenarios with the highest
CHAP's ground breaking project, supported by Innovate UK and developed, designed, managed & operated by Fera will create 60 realistic streams, each up to two metres wide and ten metres long, each having a continuous matched supply of aged fresh water, and all being independent of each other. This provides a facility that is a realistic, but closely controlled, facsimile of edge-of-field surface waters that can be exposed to novel products in a real-world scenario to ensure the safety of our aquatic habitats. This unique facility represents a leap forward in the support of Higher Tier Risk Assessments.
Hear more about charting proficiency testing results in long term and why you would want to do this.
Helping you to use your Fapas account and the best ways to search the Fapas website.
Proficiency testing is an essential part of laboratory quality assurance and participation is an expected requirement of ISO 17025 accreditation. Fapas proficiency testing provides an independent assessment of your laboratory performance and compares your results to laboratories worldwide.
Watch our latest Wine Webinar with Mark Sykes, Lead Scientist for Proficiency Testing (PT), explaining the insights from this new Wine PT and how this is helping wine producers meet consumer demands for more detailed information on the overall process.
Fapas proficiency testing provides an independent assessment of your laboratory performance and compares your results to laboratories worldwide. Taking part in our proficiency tests gives you confidence in your laboratory equipment, methods and staff, and assurance that you are delivering the quality results demanded by your customer.
The homogeneity of sample’s comparison is very significant. It’s critical for laboratory comparison and for laboratory proficiency testing. We guarantee that the unsatisfactory results in proficiency testing will not impute to the changeability among the samples and the sample itself.
This webcast takes you through how to submit your results to Fapas for the interlaboratory comparisons.
Blank materials are ideal to ensure effective calibration curves are created. Blank materials from Fapas make use of real food matrices to provide the key insights into your routine testing abilities you require. These can be used to maintain the level of accuracy required to satisfy both your customers and regulators of your testing capabilities.
For nearly 30 years, Fapas consultants have provided world class time-proven data-driven process improvements or processes to companies leading to high performance.
Each year, Fera issues thousands of Fapas Proficiency Test
certificates and produces hundreds of PT reports, which
participants use to determine their laboratory practices to
improve the quality of analytical data. PT reports capture
detailed statistical method information to identify trends
in analyses, which can lead to standards being withdrawn.
The statistical analysis and performance assessments are
entirely in the hands of the PT provider and the participants
receive their z-score1 (or other assessment). There is no
attribution to an individual or (usually) method parameter,
the statistics are robust due to a large dataset and objective
criteria. The PT (proficiency testing) results can be used to support accreditation
but it is only a single instance of QC. Long term trends must
be built up over many more similar PTs, possibly over a
period of several years.
Reference Materials (RMs) have a much higher degree of characterisation than PT or QC materials with a defined chain of traceability. RMs undergo formal stability testing for both short-term and long-term applications. RMs have an associated datasheet which lists the reference values and their expanded uncertainty U.
Vic enjoys the challenge of the difficult compounds we study here at Fera, really problem solving and finding that unique solution that works specifically for our clients & partners.
Damian has worked for Fera for over 17 years based in the entomology team, his work is wide ranging from maintaining cultures to running assays to processing & identifying crop pests from our in-field diagnostic systems.
Kailum Brown, Lab Assistant, and Laura Faulkner, Assistant Scientist, are both apprentices at Fera Science. The Fera apprenticeship programme provides 24 months of hands on laboratory experience.
Kailum has learnt to apply original thinking, making a positive impact on the businesses success, which will leave him well placed for future employment across the science sector. .
We are excited about the prospect of bringing more and more apprenticeships into Fera, and helping them get their careers of to a strong start.
Adrian Fox, Principal Plant Virologist at Fera Science, explains the methods used in the lab to determine virus levels during the process of seed potato virus testing. He also compares direct molecular diagnostics and 'grow out' testing.
He then goes on to highlight the importance of virus testing in order to minimise yield reductions and maximise marketable yield.
Our scientists support growers in all areas of agriculture and horticulture through plant health diagnostics, seed testing through to food authenticity and packaging analysis.
In this video, Fera plant diagnosticians explain the process of tuber disease identification and the importance of accurately identifying seed potato pathogens.
Toby presents an overview of Fera's Integrated crop management: Pathogen Diagnostics, Insect Monitoring, Nematode Testing, and Soil Testing.
Lee gives an overview of the Fera UAV services.
Selwyn speaks about the importance of bees and the safety of routinely applied plant protection products.
Giles speaks about the relationship between bees and crop health and yield.
Glyn is an environmental economist at Fera, here he describes sustainability within the food supply chain, and the importance of protecting pollinators such as bees, as a part of this.
Selwyn gives an overview of the range of services Fera can provide to agro-chemical companies.
Fera has many years of experience in running GLP compliant tests to assess the risks posed by plant protection products to bees. We are active participants in many testing method working groups and ring tests (e.g. ICPPR non-apis working groups). This means that we are at the forefront of current bee testing. We also work closely with the National Bee Unit which gives us instant access to a range of resources to support our studies, including 150+ colonies of honey bees and a highly skilled beekeeping team. Please see below a selection of our capabilities – this is not an exhaustive list and we can adapt current test methods or use bespoke test design to meet your specific data requirements.
The Thomson Suite is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the UK. It is a bespoke laboratory running to GLP quality standards that houses 30 state-of-the-art mass spectrometry instruments. It was named in honour of Sir Joseph John Thomson (1856 - 1940), a British Nobel Prize winning physicist, whose 1913 experiments are credited with the invention of mass spectrometry.
James speaks about his research into method transfer high resolution mass spectrometry and high field NMR spectroscopy to benchtop instrumentation.
This video was filmed at RAFA 2015, by SelectScience
Stuart Adams, PhD, Senior Analytical Chemist, Fera Science Ltd, UK, describes a newly developed method that combines ion chromatography with mass spectrometry for the detection of polar pesticides in food samples to help assess food safety.
(Video by SelectScience)
Food safety is a key driver of consumer behaviour. Recent news stories
show the potential impact of food safety scares on consumer behaviour.
Our latest new service for food manufacturers, OriGen is an innovative
process which uses Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to identify the source
and trace the route of bacterial contamination, allowing food
manufacturers to find the cause of the problem and ensure it is dealt
with properly. It is a key new tool in the protection of the integrity
of the UK’s food supply chains.
HorizonScan monitors commodity safety and integrity issues worldwide, collecting data daily from more than 100 food safety agencies and other reliable sources, delivering timely alerts on emerging food safety issues. It can help you to meet all consumer and regulatory demands for transparency and accountability across the ingredient supply chain, by identifying potential food safety threats before they become a problem.
Dr. Edward Haynes, FSA-Fera Joint Research Fellow in Molecular Epidemiology discusses foodborne pathogens and Whole Genome Sequencing.
GelSpec - enabling lower detection limits with our more sensitive
LC-MS/MS equipment which mean that gelatin speciation is now possible at
even lower levels.
Copyright © 2020 Fera Science Limited (“Fera”). All rights reserved.
Registered Office: 30 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LR. Registered in England & Wales, No 9413107. Fera is a joint venture company of Capita Plc, 30 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LR. Registered in England and Wales No 02081330. VAT Registration ID: GB 618184140
For further information about how Fera uses any personal data collected from you, please see our Privacy Notice at www.fera.co.uk/privacy-policy.