Inclusion of date/time taken for swabs and water sampling

To comply with UKAS requirements for testing, it is the client’s responsibility to ensure that any water and environmental swabs submitted are taken and sent such that they can be tested - ideally within 4 hours, or as a maximum within 24 hours - of being taken within the factory. The time and date the sample was taken must be detailed in the sample description.



For Nutritional/Chemistry samples that require a turnaround shorter than 5 days could you please notify the laboratory before registering the samples.  This will allow us to check we have the capacity to carry out the analysis and enough kits to complete the testing. Thank you for your co-operation. FROM THE 17/11/20- UNFORUNATELY THE LAB ARE UNABLE TO PERFORM RAPID TRT TIMES AT CURRENT DUE TO HIGH SAMPLE VOLUMES. Please accept our apologies for any inconvience caused. 

Sulphur Dioxide Testing

At current, we are unable to perform so2 testing inhouse due to insufficient resources. We have had to subcontract these samples out resulting in only a ten day trt being available and an increased charge to £52.00. We apologise for any inconvience casued by this.



Intertek has launched a new testing service to identify if COVID-19 is present on surfaces in your premises. Environmental monitoring of key areas such as door handles, PIN pads, desks, computers, phones, etc, can provide a proactive approach to reducing the risk of spreading the virus and provide reassurance to your colleagues and customers.

The testing is relevant for any type of facility, including restaurants, shops, factories, offices, transportation and schools.

Surface hygiene testing can be performed by Intertek experts at customer sites by taking swabs of specific surface areas, or through customers pre-ordering these and following instructions to take the swabs themselves.

Swabs are transported to the Intertek laboratory where tests are carried out using a method of procedure called PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction).

By testing environmental surfaces in this way, facilities can monitor the effectiveness of their hygiene protocols and plan management action such as isolating areas to allow further cleaning. 

Contact us today at to discuss how COVID-19 Surface Hygiene Testing can protect your premises, colleagues and customers.

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