We are a key
provider of schemes for the food and feed industries, counting many of the top
20 global food businesses as customers on our routine schemes or our managed PT
scheme, food microbiology, has over 2,000 participating laboratories worldwide,
enabling participants to compare their performance on a truly global scale.
This and our other food schemes provide managers with a means to monitor the
performance of multiple labs in wide geographies via group participation and
Animal Feeds Proficiency Scheme (AFPS)
is specifically designed to meet the needs of laboratories performing chemical
or microbiological analysis of animal feeds. Animal feed quality is highly
regulated since many animals, or their products, will ultimately be converted
into food for human consumption. Major food safety crises have occurred as the
result of contamination of animal feed, causing risks to animal and human
Quality in Chocolate Scheme (QCS) is
intended for chemists and microbiologists working in the chocolate and cocoa
powder manufacturing industries. Chocolate products are one of the specific
food commodities whose composition is controlled at European level. Directive
2000/36/EC, ‘relating to cocoa and chocolate products intended for human
consumption’, sets common rules and definitions with regard to the composition,
manufacture, packaging and labelling of chocolate and cocoa products.
Quality in Dairy Chemistry Scheme
(QDCS) is a comprehensive proficiency testing scheme available to laboratories
performing compositional and safety analysis in the dairy sector. Laboratories
may test dairy products to ensure a commercial product performs within preset
quality standards, or to look for adulterations or contaminants that could
adversely affect a product.
LGC Quality in Food Chemistry Scheme
(QFCS) is specifically designed to promote quality and comparability in the
measurement of a range of analytes in food products. Technology now allows
suppliers to harvest, preserve and distribute within a short period of time, so
an incredible variety of foodstuffs are available worldwide and year-round.
LGC Quality in Microbiology Scheme
(QMS) is intended for use by microbiologists working in the food industry,
including the dairy, ready meals, dried foods, herbs and spices and many other
sectors. Food testing is an essential element of the ‘Hazard Analysis Critical
Control Point’ (HACCP) process in food production, as it verifies that controls
are working at the critical points in manufacturing.
Quality in Gelatine Scheme (QGS) has
been developed in collaboration with the trade body Gelatine Manufacturers of
Europe (GME). GME members account for nearly half of worldwide gelatine
production and GME's key role is to ensure that gelatine is manufactured to a
consistently high quality, for the benefit of gelatine customers and consumers.
Participation in our HYGIENE scheme
can help to demonstrate that environmental monitoring is effective and under
control. Regular monitoring allows information to be collected to review and
assess hygiene quality and ensure legislative standards are being met. It also
helps to determine the effectiveness of control systems designed to prevent
Meat & Fish
Quality in Meat and Fish Analysis
Scheme (QMAS) is intended for chemists and microbiologists working in or
providing analytical services to the meat, fish and shellfish processing
industries. International consumption of meat and fish in human diets has
increased rapidly, so manufacturing processes need to be highly regulated, to
help prevent food safety issues occurring. Measures must be taken to prevent
contamination with hazardous chemicals above specified limits, and to reduce
the number of microorganisms capable of causing human disease.
Confirmation and Identification (CONFIDENT)
Confirmation and Identification scheme
(CONF-IDENT) is specifically designed to meet the needs of laboratories
performing confirmation and/or identification of strains isolated from a sample
using various techniques, from traditional biochemical/serological tests to
more advanced genomic or molecular techniques (such as MALDI-TOF).
Microorganism confirmation and identification is critical in a number of
industries, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and feed.
E.coli Scheme (STEC)
A comprehensive quality assurance
programme featuring the LGC STEC Proficiency Testing scheme is an excellent way
of helping to keep consumers safe and ensuring reputations for quality are
maintained. The primary aim of our STEC scheme is to enable laboratories
performing microbiological analysis of food and dairy products to monitor their
performance and compare with that of their peers. Additionally, we aim to
provide information to participants on technical issues and methodologies relating
to testing of food and dairy products.