The State Laboratory is a scheduled office under the aegis of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and provides a comprehensive analytical and advisory service to Government Departments and Offices, thereby enabling them to implement their regulatory programmes and attain their strategic objectives.
Staff are actively involved in EU and international analytical affairs. The State Chemist has enforcement and referee status under various acts of the Oireachtas and their implementing regulations.
The State Laboratory operates in accordance with a documented quality system based on an international standard for competence of testing laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025) and is accredited by the Irish National Accreditation Board as being in compliance with this standard for specific areas of work (INAB Reg. No. 146T). The State Laboratory is an EU National Reference Laboratory for additives for use in animal nutrition, for dioxins and PCBs in food and animal feed, for heavy metals and mycotoxins in animal feed, and for veterinary residues and mycotoxins in food of animal origin.