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The National Measurement Institute is Australia’s peak measurement body. We:
- offer a comprehensive range of professional, impartial and high quality measurement services, including specialised and crisis response testing
- are a trusted service provider to government, industry and academia, supporting major strategic programs and industry-led research
- partner with leading organisations locally and internationally
- deliver measurement that is meaningful, impactful and at the forefront of measurement science.
We lead metrology in many important areas, from per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) to micro-plastics in water. We apply our range of specialist capabilities and novel technologies to our services. This includes ultra-trace environmental testing for dioxins and polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs).
Our certifications and accreditations
We have a strong commitment to quality. Our laboratories hold a range of certifications and accreditations including:
- National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation for:
- ISO/IEC 17025: General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
- AS/NZS ISO 9001: Quality management systems
- Therapeutic Goods Administration licence to manufacture therapeutic goods.
Our core services
We can test a wide range of matrices and analyse aqueous, solid, air and biota samples. We also calibrate environmental monitoring stations.
Our specialist services
We have developed sensitive and highly selective tests to determine a large range of environmentally important pesticides at trace and ultra-trace levels in water and soil.
High resolution measurement and environmental water contamination
We are one of the first laboratories in Australia to use ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC QTOF-MS) technology to screen targeted and non-targeted organic contaminants.
Clandestine drug laboratories
We analyse for methamphetamine, pseudoephedrine and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) at the limits of reporting which are at, or below, the investigation levels in the Australian Government’s Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Guidelines.
Light hydrocarbons and permanent gases
We use an automated system to analyse light hydrocarbons (methane, ethane, propane, butane, pentane and hexane) to the limits of reporting. These elements are connected to groundwater contamination from coal seam gas extraction.
We analyse 1,4-Dioxane which is a colourless flammable cyclic ether compound used as a laboratory solvent and in niche industrial applications. It has high mobility and moves rapidly from soil to groundwater.
Low level nutrient in marine and estuarine waters
We test for low level ammonia in fresh and seawaters. This includes ammonia testing for potable, surface, ground, saline, brackish and domestic waters as well as agricultural runoffs, rivers and seawaters.
Aldehydes and ketones in the environment
Aldehydes and ketones are volatile, toxic and hazardous with a high risk of air contamination. We use our methods to monitor workplace air, indoor air, exhaust air and emissions to the atmosphere.
Coal seam gas (CSG)
We offer fit-for-purpose measurement expertise and solutions for environmental impact assessments and regulatory compliance verification covering a full range of chemicals parameters applicable to CSG extraction. You can apply our laboratory-based water and chemical testing capabilities to baseline quality testing of:
- CSG-produced water
- processed water prior to its re-injection, re-use or release to the environment.
Engineered nanoparticles—particularly in textiles, surface coatings and personal-care products—can enter the environment via domestic and industrial waste water streams. We can detect and characterise nanomaterials and work with you to develop methods to use in complex environmental matrices.
Find out more about our nanometrology services.
We work with clients to provide solutions to problems in chemical analysis. Our work depends on our specialised metrology facilities that are unique in Australia.
We deliver training for:
- analytical method validation
- estimating measurement uncertainty for biologists
- estimating measurement uncertainty for chemists.
Find out more about our training and assessment.
Our standard turnaround time is 5-30 days.
We also offer 1, 2 and 3 working day turnaround times where agreed.
Find out how to submit your environmental testing samples. Including advice on how to preserve samples, containers to use and holding times.
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