UKHSA laboratories operate under the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Quality Standard, accredited by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Details of our accreditations can be found on the UKAS website or by contacting us directly.

Where analysis and sampling methods does not require formal UKAS accreditation, PHE nevertheless prides itself on offering a similar level of Quality Assurance and standards of service.

Our laboratories take part in a number of Inter-Laboratory Comparison (ILC) exercises. These help us to continually monitor, maintain and improve the consistency and quality of results produced.

You can have confidence in any analytical work we carry out.

Organiser & Exercise Typical analysis and samples Participation
US Dept. of Environment, Mixed Analyte Performance Evaluation Programme (MAPEP) Strontium, technetium, uranium, plutonium & americium, tritium, total alpha/beta, gamma emitting nuclides and stable metals in soil, vegetation and water 2010 to date
Procorad series tritium, carbon-14, actinides (uranium, thorium, plutonium and americium) in urine 2003 to date
Max Rubner Institute (MRI) Strontium and gamma spectrometry in various samples including milk, green tea and soil 2016 to date
National Physical Laboratory (NPL)- performance testing of dosimetry services Determination of tritium in water 2020 to date
European Commission- Joint Research Council (EU-JRC) Gamma spectrometry in various sample types including soil, vegetation, fruit, air filter and water 2011 to date
Institute of Public Health, Québec. QMEQAS programme Stable metals analysis in various samples including urine, hair and serum 2012 to date
NPL, tritium in urine performance testing Analysis of H-3 in spiked water samples 2019

Environmental Performance and Management

Most companies and organisations now recognise the importance of using suppliers who can provide a level of service that's backed by an approved Environmental Management System. Consideration of Environmental Performance and Waste Management issues are key to providing stakeholder confidence in the service we provide.

UKHSA is certified to the ISO14001:2014 standard by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA).