Perfect score for Fera in 2018 Environmental DNA Proficiency Test

Our quality assurance and experience make us the partner of choice for ecologists needing accurate and timely results. Our eDNA analysis adheres to Natural England’s protocol, so you can trust in our results.

Why is proficiency testing important?

Proficiency testing is an essential part of laboratory quality procedure, designed to provide evidence of the robustness of the testing to ensure that excellent quality service is delivered to customers. Fera has successfully participated in all environmental DNA proficiency tests since the creation of the assessment in 2017.

Fera, alongside eight other laboratories took part in the 2018 eDNA proficiency test (Great Crested Newt DNA in Pond Water (simulated) February-March 2018), scoring a perfect result where all 10 blind samples including positive, negative and inhibited results were identified.

Fera (laboratory number 001) was amongst only 4 laboratories to correctly identify all the samples in the test. See the results:

Table 1 – Results collated from Environmental DNA Proficiency Test Report February-March 2018, Fapas.

All aspects of our great crested newt eDNA analysis adheres to Natural England’s protocol. We take pride in the quality of our service and go to great lengths to avoid contamination that could result in lab-based false positives. Our eDNA facilities comprise 6 separate laboratories and have been specially designed to ensure a unidirectional work flow to avoid contamination at every stage of the process.

With standard and fast-track kits available, eDNA testing with Fera is a timely and cost-effective service. We have delivered 1000s of samples since the test’s introduction, so you can trust our experts.

Can your eDNA testing provider offer the same level of quality? Book your kits today.

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