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Proficiency Testing Schemes

Proficiency testing determines the performance of individual laboratories for specific measurements and is vital armoury when used to monitor laboratories' continuing performance. Another term often used is interlaboratory comparison. As this term implies, proficiency testing compares the measuring results obtained by different laboratories. In a proficiency test one or more specimens are despatched to a number of participating laboratories and then each laboratory measures the specimens according to a given set of instructions and reports its results back to us as we are the adminstrators of the scheme.

The results reported by each laboratory for a measurand are compared to the reference value for that measurand. We annually run over 4,000 proficiency testing schemes, serving more than 10,000 laboratories in over 120 countries. We produce in excess of 250,000 test materials, which are distributed to these 120 countries around the world. PT is often referred to as external quality assessment (EQA) and is a vital element in the laboratory accreditation process, alongside reference materials, as this enables laboratories to monitor the quality of their analytical results as stipulated in ISO/IEC 17025.

Our Schemes



Food Chemistry meats, cereals, fish, fruit and vegetables, money, milk and milk powder, Infant food, Confectionery, nuts, spices and condiments, alcoholic drinks fruit and vegetable juices, soft drinks, tea and coffee, oils and fats, packaging materials and simulants, sugar, ready meals and snack foods, egg, liquid vitamin supplement & animal feed stuff
Genetically Modified (GM) soya flour, maize flour, animal feed, mixed flours, process/baked products
Food Microbiology meat, milk powder, rice, flour, salad, fish, milk, pepper, cocoa powder, soft cheese
Water & Environment concentrated solutions, PBS suspensions, water, soil

Contact Us

To speak with us about our services, please contact the Fapas customer service team on +44 (0)1904 462100 or e-mail us at

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Case Study - Why use Proficiency Testing?

Case Study - Global Manufacturer

  • Network Wide Proficiency testing tailored made to your customer needs
  • Team of experts on hand to provide impartial advice & trends
  • Bespoke reporting

Fapas Customer Journey - Adding Value to your Business

Fapas Customer Journey

  • Quality Controls carried out on test materials
  • Constant review of submitted & statistical results from technical & external viewpoints
  • 100 year heritage & customer historial trends to aid indepth analysis

Fapas Schemes

Fapas Schemes

  • Food Chemistry, GM, Food Microbiology, Water & Environment
  • High number of participants - robust data
  • Real food matrices

The Growing Demand For Halal Testing

Mark Sykes reports on the increasing demand for Halal certification and proficiency testing around the world as demand for Halal products soars.

View the article here.