" Having monitoring results available allowed us to understand the impact of the event and provided reassurance to internal and external stakeholders as well as members of the public"
PHE laboratories operate under the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 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
Alpha, beta and gamma emitting radionuclides in soil, vegetation, aqueous samples by various techniques
1999 to date
National Physics Laboratory (NPL)- Environmental Radioactivity series
Alpha, beta and gamma emitting radionuclides in soil, grass & aqueous samples by various techniques
Alpha emitting isotopes of uranium, plutonium and americium- spectrum interpretation exercise
2010 to date
tritium, carbon-14, actinides (uranium, thorium, plutonium & americium) in urine and faecal ash
Strontium, technetium, uranium, plutonium & americium, tritium, total alpha/beta, gamma emitting and stable metals in soil, vegetation and water
2010 to date
EC- Wild Bilberry powder
Strontium and gamma emitters in wild bilberry powder
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.
PHE is certified to the ISO14001:2004 standard by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA).