Proficiency Testing Kits for Food and Beverage from LGC Standards


Proficiency Testing (PT) schemes for the food and beverages industries

LGC is a global provider of PT schemes accredited to ISO/IEC 17043.

We run over 1,600 PT exercises, and distribute to more than 10,000 laboratories in 150+ countries, produce in excess of 200,000 test materials and provide a turnaround time of 5 weeks from test material despatch to report (typical cycle).

PT schemes for the food and feed sector:

  • Animal feed
  • Chocolate
  • Dairy chemistry
  • Food chemistry
  • Food microbiology
  • Gelatin
  • Hygiene
  • Meat and Fish

PT schemes for the beverages sector:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Brewing analytes
  • Malt analytes
  • Soft drinks and fruit juices
  • Sugar

Our customers include many of the top organizations in the world. Anyone who needs to independently demonstrate the quality of their analytical results should participate in PT schemes, because quality of results relates directly to quality of product, reputation in the market and, ultimately, brand value.

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Proficiency Testing at LGC

Proficiency Testing (PT) is a key element in any laboratory's quality toolkit. It enables labs to monitor their performance compared with others in the same industry, testing the same or similar products and using similar methods. This is true of any laboratory, but the ability to monitor the performance of multiple labs, all taking part in a PT round at the same time, means an organisation can keep control of its quality and direct valuable resource to where it is needed most. LGC can provide group reports and data exports for our ISO/IEC 17043 accredited open schemes, but we can also provide tailored programmes specifically for large groups of laboratories. LGC can help you meet your quality and compliance standards with our products. As well as supplying PT programmes to some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, we also supply reference materials to the food, environment, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and drug testing industries. (2:59)

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BAPS – Brewing Analytes Proficiency Scheme

BAPS is jointly run by LGC Standards and Campden BRI promoting quality in the measurement of a range of chemical, microbiological and sensory analytes. For laboratories that preform the analysis of beer, participation in BAPS can provide confidence that results are meaningful and accurate which in turn, helps to ensure the quality of beet, and integrity of the brand.


Quality in Chocolate Scheme

The Quality in Chocolate Scheme (QCS) is intended for use by microbiologists and chemists working in the chocolate manufacturing industry. Chocolate products are also one of the few food commodities whose composition is controlled at EC level. For example, EC Directive 2000/36/EC ‘relating to cocoa and chocolate products intended for human consumption’, sets common rules and definitions with regard to the composition, manufacture, packaging and labeling of chocolate and cocoa products


Quality in Dairy Chemistry Scheme

The Quality in Dairy Chemistry Scheme (QDCS) is one of the most comprehensive proficiency testing scheme available to laboratories performing compositional and safety analysis ion the dairy sector. Participation in QDCS can help give authority to the results produced by your laboratory.


Environmental hygiene monitoring proficiency

Regular hygiene monitoring of environmental surfaces and equipment, in manufacturing and healthcare, is a key part of any quality system. Ensuring control of microbial contamination can directly affect the quality of both products and patient care.


Quality in Food Chemistry Scheme

QFCS is specifically designed to promote the quality and comparability in the measurement of a range of analyses in food products. A wide mixture of tests in food matrices is available for laboratories that perform proximate and nutritional analysis, pesticides, vitamins, water activity, metals, aflatoxins and additives (preservatives, colours and sweetners).


Quality in Gelatine Scheme

The Quality in Gelatine Scheme (QGS) has been developed in collaboration with the trade body, Gelatine Manufacturers of Europe (GME). GME members account for nearly half of the worldwide gelatine production and the key role of the GME is to ensure that gelatine is manufactured to a consistently high quality for the benefit of gelatine customers and consumers.


MAPS - Malt Analytes Proficiency Scheme

Malt is a complex product and forms a key ingredient in brewing and distilling. It is considered to be at the heart of the process, providing most of the sugars and complex carbohydrates which produce the alcohol and flavor of the final product. The MAPS scheme covers test materials from the full range of malting barley and barley used for brewing and distilling.


Quality in Meat and Fish Scheme

The Quality in Meat and Fish Analysis Scheme (QMAS) is intended for use by chemists and microbiologists working in the meat, fish, shellfish processing industries. Legislation in the form of EU Regulation 882/2004 ‘Official Controls Performed to Ensure the Verification of Compliance with Feed and Food Law, Animal Health and Animal Welfare Rules requires official control laborites to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 and therefore to use external means of monitoring performance such as proficiency testing.


Quality in Microbiology Scheme

The Quality in Microbiology Scheme (QMS) is intended for use by microbiologists working in the food, beverage, dairy, herbs and spice industries. Laboratories carrying out such microbiological testing need to be able to demonstrate that they are producing accurate and meaningful results. This can be done by conducting a comprehensive quality assurance programme, which includes regular participation in a suitable PT scheme.


Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices proficiency scheme

Over the years LGC has gained extensive understanding of the soft drinks and fruit juice industries. Our technical knowledge of laboratory tests required to maintain quality, compositional values and organoleptic properties of beverages has enabled us to specifically develop our Quality in Beverages Scheme (QBS) for chemists and microbiologists.


SUPS - Sugar Proficiency Scheme

SUPS is suitable for laboratories who analyse sugar and other natural sweetners, particularly manufactures of sugar and sugar products, soft drink industries, and companies who trade in this soft commodity market.


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