Links related to Laboratories

European Information System on Proficiency Testing Schemes (EPTIS)

EPTIS is the world’s largest directory of proficiency tests (PT) on the internet, containing more than 750 entries from the entire European Union (EU). The EPTIS website and database were established in the year 2000 in the frame of an EU project. The system is managed and the data continuously updated by a consortium of competent partners in 16 European countries. EPTIS is a non-commercial service and aims at creating transparency in the international proficiency testing (PT) market and strengthening PT as a valuable proof of technical competence.


Eurachem is a network of organisations in Europe, having the objective of establishing a system for the international traceability of chemical measurements and the promotion of good quality practices. It provides a forum for the discussion of common problems and for developing an informed and considered approach to both technical and policy issues. It provides a focus for analytical chemistry and quality related issues in Europe.


Eurolab is the European Federation of National Associations of Measurement, Testing and Analytical Laboratories. EUROLAB was created in Brussels on April 27, 1990 on the basis of a memorandum of understanding, signed by delegations representing the private and public laboratories of 17 out of the 19 countries of the EEC and EFTA.


EURAMET is a cooperative voluntary organisation between the national metrology institutes (NMI’s) in the EU including the European Commission, EFTA and EU Accession States. The objective of EURAMET is to promote the coordination of metrological activities and services with the purpose of achieving higher efficiency.

IRMM – Institute of Reference Materials and Measurements

The Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) is part of the Directorate-General – Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. IRMM prime objectives are to perform specific reference measurements, to produce certified reference materials, to organise international measurement evaluation programmes, to contribute reference data to trans-national databases and to carry out pre-normative research and develop advanced testing methods.

GLP – Good Laboratory Practice – OECD

OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is an international organisation helping governments tackle the economic, social and governance challenges of a globalised economy. GLP is concerned with the organisational processes and the conditions under which non-clinical health and environmental safety studies are planned, performed, monitored, recorded, archived and reported.

GLP – Good Laboratory Practice – European Commission

A microsite in the Europa site, this GLP website describes the role of GLP in member states of the EU.

APAC – Asian Pacific Accreditation Cooperation

Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) groups accreditation bodies in the Asia Pacific region responsible for accrediting calibration, testing and inspection facilities.