Word of Lab Director
- Under the slogan “Safe Food … Better Health
In view of the state’s concern in the safety of the Egyptian citizen’s food, the Central Laboratory for Analysis of Pesticide Residues and Heavy Metals affiliated to the Agricultural Research Center has been established in 1995. It was awarded a grant from Finland and obtained the accreditation of ISO/IEC 17025 :2017 from the Finnish Accreditation Service (FINAS) since its establishment. Since then, the accreditation has been annually renewed until now.Based on the concern of the state and the Ministry of Agriculture in the field of food and agricultural crop safety, also based on the reputation of Egyptian exports which ensures the increase of Egyptian fresh and processed food’s exports, and finally based on the national role undertaken by the Central Laboratory for Analysis of Food Pesticide Residues and Heavy Metals in the control of different pollutants, the laboratory has established a national system since 1995. This system monitors pesticide residues on different crops, completes the system of legislation and decisions issued concerning the systematic use and circulation of pesticides, investigates and assesses pesticide residues in agricultural food crops.
The multiple and varied activities carried out by the laboratory contribute to the achievement of its important role. Such activities, as research activities, research projects, marketing, training, instruction and others, increase Egyptian exports and food safety control in the Egyptian market.
Laboratory Work Capacity:
The number of analysts in the lab exceeds 70 analysts and researchers recruited among highly caliber staff qualified for various specific lab analyses. These analysts and researchers receive training in various fields in European laboratories specialized in analysis, operating systems, quality control and quality assurance of food safety. The number of auxiliary departments exceeds 80 employees distributed among secretarial, administrative, financial, technical divisions and drivers.
The lab includes a computer network in specific locations which starts at the reception and ends at the Information Center where all test results are stored since the establishment of the laboratory in 1995. It is considered a scientific reference and database which benefit all staff in the field of research, studies and decision-making concerning pesticides and other pollutants. As well, it offers its services to consumers, exporters and importers who are able to take advantage of the laboratory’s database.
Laboratory Position on the International Map:
Prof. Dr. Hend Abdella