Activities of the Analytical Laboratories Section
Analytical Laboratories Section comprises 4 Laboratories specialised in different area of work as shown below. All Laboratories provide services to other sections of the Department of Agriculture either for the implementation of relevant legislation and annual monitoring programs or for providing technical support to the farmers.
Furthermore, Laboratories provide services to the private sector on payment according to the Approved Fees List of the Department of Agriculture, Official Journal no. 4907, 27/11/2015.
1. Pesticide Formulations Laboratory
The Pesticide Formulations Laboratory is the official laboratory for the quality control of pesticide formulations in accordance to the Plant Protection Products Law of 2011 for the official control of pesticide formulations. The quality control includes the qualitative and quantitative analysis of the active ingredient and the determination of the physicochemical properties as well as any undesirable substances. The quality control of pesticide formulations is carried out according to annual programs at the retail level.
2. Pesticide Residues Laboratory
The Laboratory implements in accordance to the Plant Protection Products Law of 2011 a monitoring program for pesticide residues which is designed for the control of Good Agriculture Practice as well as any use of non-approved pesticides. The main agricultural products covered by the program are leafy and fruiting vegetables, grapes, strawberries, citrus, various fruit (pome and stone fruit) and potatoes.
Furthermore, the Laboratory is implemented in the control of pesticide residues in organic agricultural products.
The Laboratory is the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for pesticide residues in feed. It is accredited according to EN/ISO 17025:2005 since 2011 and the field of application can be found at the website of CYS-CYSAB (Cyprus Organization for the Promotion of Quality).
3. Feeding stuff, Fertilizers and Leaves Laboratory
3.1 Feeding stuff
The Laboratory is the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for the control of feeding stuffs. The control is implemented in accordance with Reg. (EC) 665/2017 for the official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products,
The controls include the determination of undesirable substances (mycotoxins, heavy metals, pesticide residues, coccidiostats) as well as analysis of nutritional parameters according to the labeling.
The Laboratory is accredited according to EN/ISO 17025:2005 since 2011 and the field of application can be found at the website of CYS-CYSAB (Cyprus Organization for the Promotion of Quality).
The Laboratory is the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for the control of fertilizers in accordance with the Fertilizers Control Law of 32(I)/2006 as well as the Regulation (EC) 2003/2003. The control includes the major and secondary nutritional elements as well as trace elements and undesirable substances.
The Laboratory carries out analysis on leaf samples for determining nutritional deficiencies and fertilization practices.
3.4 Control of water content in frozen poultry
The Laboratory is the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for the control of added water in frozen poultry and poultry cuts in accordance with the Reg. (ΕΚ) αριθ.543/2008. The Laboratory in collaboration with the competent authority, implements in the frame of a collaboration protocol, a national surveillance program, on the basis of the relevant legislation.
4. Soils and Water Laboratory
The Laboratory carries out analysis on soil samples for the determination of the nutrient status in order to provide guidance on fertilization practices. Analysis includes parameters such as nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), organic matter, pH, calcium carbonate and soil texture.
The Laboratory carries out analysis of water for irrigation purposes and on nutrient solutions used in hydroponics. Furthermore in collaboration with the Competent Authority - Department of Forests it carries out analysis of rain water for the monitoring of the effect of acid rain on forests within the framework for the implementation of EU program ICP – Forest.