Biotechnology Unit awarded UKAS Accreditation

Modified Lowry AssayOn Wednesday 8th August 2012 TARRC’s Biotechnology Unit was awarded UKAS-accreditation for a specific laboratory method, the modified Lowry assay.

This method, based on the European standard EN455-3:2006, involves the quantification of aqueous extractable protein from rubber products such as latex gloves and balloons. The protein levels in these products are indicative of their allergenic potential and, consequently, many manufacturers require assurance that their products are of a sufficient standard before they are placed on the market.

The Biotechnology Unit are now UKAS-accredited for in-house methods based on both the American and European standards, after gaining accreditation for the method that is based on the American standard, ASTM D5712-10, in September 2011. This accreditation status should ultimately attract more commercial clients who require such testing to be completed by a UKAS-approved test laboratory.

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