National Reference Laboratory (NRL)

With increased investment in food safety, Matís has now been nominated as a National Reference Laboratory(NRL) in 14 fields in 2015. This is tremendous quality recognition of Matís’ work in the laboratory. It has to fulfill very strict conditions to qualify as an NRL, such as accreditation, qualified staff, infrastructure, etc.

The NRL nominations will increase our capacity even more as the NRLs are linked to a European network of other NRLs and the European Reference Laboratory (EURL), all working to ensure and enhance food safety nationally and internationally. According to Iceland’s food legislation, the government is obliged to nominate an NRL laboratory for 21 fields in food safety and 17 fields in animal welfare.

    The NRL Matís nominations are in the following 14 fields:
    • Milk and milk products
    • The analysis and testing of Zoonoses (Salmonella)
    • Monitoring of marine biotoxins
    • Monitoring the viral and bacteriological contamination of bivalve molluscs
    • Listeria monocytogenes
    • Coagulase positive Staphylococci (including S. aureus)
    • Escherichia coli
    • Animal proteins in feedingstuffs
    • Residues of heavy metals in food of animal origin
    • Residues of pesticides
    • Heavy metals in feed and food
    • Mycotoxins and plant toxins
    • Prosessing contaminants
    • Halogenated persistent organic pollutants