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National Reference Laboratory (NRL)

National Reference Laboratory (NRL)

The Food and Environment Research Agency is the UK National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for a number of food safety areas.


Fera acts as National Reference Laboratory under Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004. The Regulation establishes a harmonised framework of rules for Member States to adhere to at a Community level for monitoring and enforcing feed and food law to ensure feed and food is safe and wholesome.

Fera acts as NRL for the following areas:

Food, Feed and Food Contact Materials

Fera is NRL for:

Pesticide Residues

Pesticide Residues NRL

Fera is NRL for:

  • Cereals and feeding stuff
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Single residue methods

Veterinary Medicine Residues

Veterinary Medicine Residues NRL

Fera is NRL for:

  • A6 - chloramphenicol, nitrofurans honey, dapsone
  • B1, B2a, and B2b - ionophores