SGS Accredited For Efficacy and Residue Field Trials in Kenya
Kenya’s Pest Control Products Board has accredited SGS to conduct field residue and efficacy trials on new pest control products for registration purposes.
Effective from September 1, 2016, and valid for three years, this accreditation for efficacy and residue trials for fungicides and insecticides in wheat, potatoes and vegetables enables SGS in Kenya to offer new services in field research:
- Efficacy field trials
- Residue field trials
These trials are performed in accordance with GEP Standards.
As the first private company in the country to receive field residue trials accreditation, clients will now be able to take further advantage of SGS’s extensive field trials expertise and experience.
In addition, this recent accreditation from Kenya’s Pest Control Products Board complements another accreditation issued to SGS’s pesticide residue laboratory in 2014. Valid for three years, until July 2017, that accreditation is for carrying out laboratory pesticide residue analysis on food products for registration purposes. The laboratory has established a multi-residue test method validated in accordance with European Commission Document No. Sante/11945/2015.
Holding the two accreditations opens up new growth opportunities for SGS Seed and Crop services in Kenya. With extensive expertise in the agriculture industry, SGS’s team in Kenya has been delivering a wide range of services in the country since 2011. Experts based across the country deliver farmland suitability surveys, soil and leaf analysis, agronomy advice, harvest monitoring, and pesticide residue analysis. These new accreditations will enable the team to build on their expertise, to the benefit of clients. It will facilitate delivery of services to improve crops, harvests and yields at the same time as reducing costs and maximizing returns.
SGS Testing Lab in Kenya
SGS’s Pesticide Residue Testing Laboratory in Mombasa, opened in December 2014, is fully equipped and ISO 17025 accredited. This facility is helping local producers keen to access the world’s quality-sensitive markets, such as the European Union, the USA, Japan and Korea.
The testing facility is equipped with a range of high-end analytical instruments. These include a Triple Quadrupole LC/MS/MS, Triple Quadrupole GC/MS, and Single Quadrupole GC/MS & ICP-OES, and has the capability to test 451 compounds, all validated according to SANCO criteria. This means it meets EU standards and allows SGS Kenya to test fruits, vegetables and flowers for the export market.
The laboratory is one of the few in the region that participates annually in the prestigious European Union Reference Laboratory proficiency scheme (pesticides in fruits and vegetables).
At the time, the SGS lab was the only private lab in Kenya designated for pesticides residue analysis for the registration of pest protection products.
Accreditation by Kenya’s Pest Control Products Board for efficacy and residue field trials and pesticide residue analysis significantly improves access to global markets for Kenya’s thriving and important agriculture industry.
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For further information, please contact:
Business manager, Agriculture
t: +254 41 2226677/8/9
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