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Concept Life Sciences offers one of the most comprehensive pesticide testing services in the UK from our state-of-the art laboratory in Cambridge.


Concept Life Sciences consultants and technical staff have many years’ experience working with agronomists and technical managers within the fresh produce industry, combined with laboratory pesticide analysis.

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Accredited analysis methods

We provide the analysis of individual or groups of pesticides as well as targeted pesticide testing specific to certain foods or crops. We can carry out multi-residue screening by GC-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS covering in excess of 500 compounds.

Our methods have been validated and accredited for a wide range of food types, which include fresh produce, dried fruits and vegetables, cereals, nuts and spices.

Our service includes full consultancy pre and post analysis and we provide you with the assurance that your analytical programme will be delivered with precision and the findings conveyed to you with solid interpretation and guidance.

For a full list of our accredited tests please view our UKAS scope here.

We can also assist with sample collection and overnight transfer to our laboratory and offer a range of reporting times to suit requirements and budget, ranging from 5 working days to same day testing.

Pesticide capabilities

  • Multi residue determination for over 500 actives
  • Dithiocarbamates routinely performed alongside the multi  residue
  • Actives from products imported from outside the EU
  • Advise if growers are covered by our screen using Pesticide PPPLs (plant protection product list)
  • Individual reporting of multi residue actives against EC Regulation 396/2005, to a reporting level of 0.01 mg/kg and below e.g. Fipronil (down to 0.005 mg/kg) and Carbofuran (down to 0.001 mg/kg)

These compounds need specific extraction or analytical processes and methods and our team in Cambridge can provide these as required, many of which are covered by our accreditation.

Targeted residue analysis

We offer targeted residue analysis, testing for a range of analytes that are not included in the multi residue screening:

  • Chlormequat and Mepiquat
  • 2,4-D
  • Glyphosate
  • QACs
  • Chlorate and Perchlorate
  • Fosetyl aluminium
  • Ethephon
  • Metaldehyde
  • Dithianon
  • Morpholine
  • Maleic Hydrazide
  • Matrine and Oxymatrine
  • Gibberellic acid

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