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The NLS has been at the scientific nerve centre of the UK’s environmental regulator the Environment Agency for over 20 years. Our laboratories provide analytical solutions to problems of air, water and soil pollution, applying the very latest chemical and molecular techniques.

Where we come from

The NLS was originally part of the National Rivers Authority and became a single entity in 1993.

Today the NLS operates as a business unit of the Environment Agency and is based at four laboratories located in Exeter, Nottingham, Reading and Leeds. Each one specialising in specific areas of environmental testing & analysis.

Our History

Operating to high standards

Our laboratories operate a comprehensive quality management system accredited by UKAS to the current EN ISO17025 standard.

We also hold environmental certification to the current EN ISO14001 standard.

Please contact our Customer Service team for the list of tests accredited to ISO 17025/MCerts.

Working partnerships

We are constantly looking to strengthen and enhance the range of services that we are able to offer our customers.

We are now able to offer customers site based screening and environmental applications training through the relationships we have formed with our business partners.