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Lancaster Laboratories has extensive experience in serving the Food, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Environmental industries.  We offer a one-stop-shop for our clients, offering all the advantages of an in-house laboratory but at a remote location.  We differentiate ourselves by the level of customer care we provide.  We encourage the development of strong working relationships and continuously and proactively look for new and improved ways of ensuring our clients feel that staff are always available for information, help and support.

Lancaster Laboratories offers a wide range of testing to companies who have environmental testing requirements including effluent / waste water requirements, EU Directive concerning Drinking Water, air monitoring, swab analysis and Identification requirements.

Technical Expertise:

Lancaster Laboratories has excellent internal technical expertise.  We proactively review methods and client requirements and pride ourselves on providing a rapid response to unforeseen industry issues.  We perform a large number of projects in our water laboratories each year and therefore have the capacity to deploy additional Analysts when needed and cross train them to ensure we have the correct resources in-house before a project commences. 

Accreditation and Approval Bodies:

  • The microbiology and chemistry departments are accredited to ISO 17025 by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) – certificate 004T.
  • Participation in external proficiency testing schemes to support confidence in the quality of our results including EPA, Aquacheck, PHLS and QMS
  • Lancaster Laboratories undertakes comprehensive internal audits to ensure ongoing implementation of its quality policy.  It assesses the quality of the tests it performs and continuously monitors and improves its quality systems


  • Total Bacterial Counts
  • Yeasts and Moulds
  • Coliforms
  • E.coli
  • Enterococci
  • Legionella species
  • Identification of microbiological isolates using both Genotypic and Phenotypic Identification
  • Air sampling


  • Physical parameters – colour, conductivity, hardness, pH, solids, turbidity.
  • Inorganic parameters – acidity, alkalinity, anions, cations, nutrients, (oxidized-N, TKN, PO4 etc), oxygen demand (BOD, COD).
  • Elemental analysis – non toxic metal (Fe, Mg, Mn, Na, K etc).
  • Organic parameters – phenols, oils/fats/greases, surfactants.
  • Characterisation of hazardous solvent waste.
  • Any analysis not performed in-house is seamlessly subcontracted to other approved laboratories.  We completely manage this process so that service levels or turnaround times are not affected.

Sampling service:

  • We offer a sampling service, offering sampling on a daily, weekly, monthly basis whether it is routine or project work
  • Our dedicated team of Samplers are fully trained to take samples aseptically.
  • All samples are returned to the laboratory within 24 hours.

Effluent/waste water outsourcing package:

  • Lancaster Laboratories currently works with a number of companies who outsource all effluent / waste water testing requirements
  • A typical package includes
    • Competitive pricing package
    • In-house laboratory but at a remote location
    • Offer full range of analysis required by an IPCC license or County Council license
    • Daily collection of samples
    • Results issued via web reporting system. The web system allows trend analysis, exporting of results to excel and importing results to client IT systems or databases. See homepage on IT services.
    • Sampler availability
    • Weekend testing

EU Directive on Drinking Water

     Lancaster Laboratories offers a full package for clients who must test according to the EU Directive on Drinking Water.

    The Directive is split into four sections:
    Audit List – Chemistry
    Audit List – Microbiological
    Check List – Chemistry
    Check List – Microbiological

    Lancaster Laboratories also provide the specific bottles, which must be used when sampling.

    We also test for Cryposporidium and Giardia.

    Please contact our Client Service or Business Development Teams to discuss our package, order bottles or to receive a quotation.

    Find out more about this directive