Fera National Reference Laboratory Status

Fera National Reference Laboratory Status
  • No. of science leads
    17
  • no. OF other specialisms
    5
  • no. of nrls
    7
  • consultancy
    Yes

Fera acts as National Reference Laboratory under Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004. The Regulation establishes a harmonised framework of rules for Member States to adhere to at a Community level for monitoring and enforcing feed and food law to ensure feed and food is safe and wholesome


Why is NRL Status Important?

 The European Commission has created a network of National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) coordinated by the European Union Reference Laboratories (EU-RLs). This network of laboratories is responsible for setting up EU-wide standards for routine procedures and reliable testing methods in the areas of feed and food and animal health. 

  • Collaboration & Sharing of Expertise

    These laboratories must collaborate with the EU-RL in their particular area of expertise and disseminate nationally information provided by the EU-RL

  • Scientific & Technical Assistance

    The NRL's provide scientific and technical assistance to the national competent authorities.

  • Improving Quality, Accuracy & Comparability

    The overall objective of the EU-RLs and NRLs is to improve the quality, accuracy and comparability of the results at Official Control Laboratories (OCLs).

  • Appointed UK NRLs

    Core functions of the appointed UK NRLs are effectively those cited in Article 33 of Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004 which include  collaboration with the EU-RLs and coordination of the activities of official laboratories, organisation of comparative tests and ensuring appropriate follow-up, dissemination to the competent authority and official national laboratories.

Why choose Fera?

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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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IAFRI partnership

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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