In today’s rapidly evolving field of metabolomics, having a reliable partner by your side can make all the difference. The National Metabolomics Platform’s (NMP) project analysis services laboratory in South Africa is dedicated to providing top-tier metabolomics services that meet international standards, ensuring accuracy, quality, and confidence in the results you receive.
Specialisation in Metabolomics
The NMP specialises in metabolomics, a scientific discipline that involves the comprehensive analysis of small molecules in biological samples. Although this specialisation sets us apart, what truly distinguishes us is our unique position as a 3-in-1 institution. We are not just an analytical service provider; we are also an academic institution and a diagnostic laboratory. This triad of expertise gives us a deep understanding of the challenges faced by researchers, academic staff, and medical practitioners in South Africa and beyond. We comprehend the limitations of funding, the difficulties in sample collection and transport, and the pressure of academic research. Our commitment to excellence extends across all these domains.
Comprehensive Metabolomics Services
Our primary services encompass a wide range of analyses, which you can explore here. Whether you need diagnostic tests, newborn screening, or specialised research analyses, we can assist. In addition, we can tailor our services to your specific needs. If your research requires the analysis of metabolites not covered by our standard services, we have the capability to develop and validate custom methods for a variety of sample types.
Furthermore, we offer untargeted analyses using advanced technologies like NMR and GC-MS. What makes NMP unique is not just our analytical offerings but our holistic approach to research. We don’t just provide data; we offer expert advice on study design, sample requirements, and data analysis. We also collaborate with clients when needed, lending our scientific input to research projects.
Adherence to International Standards
Quality assurance is paramount in our laboratory. We adhere to international standards such as ISO 15189 and ISO 9000. ISO 15189 is particularly critical for medical laboratories, ensuring the reliability, competence, and overall quality of our practices. While we are in the process of securing ISO 15189 accreditation, you can have confidence that all our research projects adhere to the same rigorous standards as diagnostic tests. Meeting these standards assures our clients of the highest level of quality, accuracy, and consistency in their results.
Ensuring Quality Every Step of the Way
Quality assurance goes beyond the laboratory bench. Our dedicated Quality Assurance (QA) office conducts regular audits to ensure compliance with ISO standards. Qualified external auditors provide valuable feedback, leading to continuous improvement in all aspects of our operations, from sample reception to data storage. Our highly qualified staff undergoes continuous training, ensuring that they remain at the forefront of the field.