ADEY granted UKAS accreditation for microbiological testing

At ADEY, microbiological testing is available alongside chemical testing
At ADEY, microbiological testing is available alongside chemical testing

Global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer, ADEY, has strengthened its Commercial Water Testing service by securing an extension to its scope of UKAS ISO 17025 accreditation for microbiology and Legionella testing.

In addition, ADEY can now carry out UKAS accredited confirmations for Legionella, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and Enterococci using the MALDI-ToF confirmation technique. This allows samples to be confirmed instantly down to a species level for a greater range of bacteriological flora. It also has the added benefit of removing the presumptive stage of culture-based analysis and reducing confirmation times.

Carried out at ADEY’s state-of-the-art R&D laboratory in Sittingbourne, Kent, the microbiological testing is available alongside chemical testing to offer customers the full scope of UKAS accredited services for closed system analysis. ADEY’s lab is one of the few in the country able to offer instant confirmation of culture-based tests and the MALDI-ToF offers full species identification for most analytical samples.

Nick Barsby, ADEY’s commercial water testing manager, said: “The MALDI-ToF Biotyperinstrument is a huge asset to our lab and represents a significant investment which ensures our in-house testing is undertaken to the very highest standards.”

Customers can currently drop off samples at 11 convenient locations around London and the South East, including Slough, Camberley, Moorgate and Stevenage. There are plans to add to these so that ADEY can support more customers across the UK. All microbiological samples will be transported in a temperature controlled environment to ensure compliance with UKAS guidelines.