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Mercury levels in soil ? new environmental reference materials from LGC Standards

Date:03 November 2014

LGC Standards expands its range of certified reference materials (CRMs) for environmental factors with the introduction of three new materials for mercury in soil.

One of the most significant contributors to mercury in the environment is from mining activities, driving specific requirements for environmental testing. To ensure test results are reliable and of the required quality, laboratories need high quality reference materials of appropriate mercury concentrations. This has led to an increase in the demand for CRMs for mercury in soil, where availability to date has been limited. To respond to this worldwide demand, the Central Geological Laboratory of Mongolia (CGL) has now developed three new certified reference materials for mercury based on mineral and natural soil.

Manufactured under the CGL?s ISO 17025 accreditation and strictly following the requirements of ISO 30 - 35 guidelines, these three new CRMs for mercury in soil are now available from LGC Standards in 30g or 50g units.

For further information about these three new mercury in soil reference materials, or to place an order please visit the LGC Standards webshop (www.lgcstandards.com), contact your local LGC Standards sales office or email: askus@lgcstandards.com

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About LGC Standards
LGC Standards (www.lgcstandards.com) provides products and services to improve measurement and quality control within the laboratory, and is part of LGC, whose LGC Science & Technology Division acts as the UK National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurements. LGC Standards supplies over 100,000 products, including reference materials, pharmaceutical impurity reference standards (produced under ISO Guide 34 accreditation), biological standards and reagents, and proficiency testing. LGC Standards is headquartered in Teddington, Middlesex, UK. Its global centre for excellence in proficiency testing is located in Bury (Greater Manchester). LGC Standards has offices in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, China, Russia, United Arab Emirates and the UK, a joint venture presence in India, and representatives in Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Turkey and the US.

About LGC
LGC (www.lgcgroup.com) is an international science-based company and market leader in analytical, forensic, biotechnology, diagnostic and product services and reference standards. LGC operates in a variety of markets which underpin the safety, health and security of the public and the regulation of industry, for both public and private sector clients.

LGC operates internationally through four divisions - LGC Forensics, LGC Genomics, LGC Standards and LGC Science & Technology. The latter includes specialist laboratories delivering contracts for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and supports LGC's designated role as the UK's National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurement.

Our operations are extensively accredited to international quality standards such as ISO/IEC 17025. With headquarters in Teddington, South West London, the LGC Group employs ca 1,460 staff in 31 laboratories and centres globally. Privatised in 1996 and now majority-owned by funds managed by Bridgepoint, LGC was founded almost 170 years ago as the Laboratory of the Government Chemist - a statutory function maintained by LGC today.

About Central Geological Laboratory of Mongolia
The Central Geological Laboratory of Mongolia (CGL) was founded in 1957 and specialises in analysing the quantitative chemical and mineralogical composition of geological materials. Modern analytical techniques such as AAS, ICP-OES and WD-XRF are applied and regular participation in GeoPT ensures best practices. Since 2000 the CGL has been accredited for testing by the Mongolian National Agency for Metrology and Standardisation (MASM). In 2005 the CGL attained ISO17025 accreditation and is now aiming to become an accredited reference material producer according to ISO Guide 34. In addition to having offered analytical services for 55 years, the CGL has also been producing certified reference materials for 35 years. So far 50 materials of various kinds have been certified.

For further information contact:
Roger Kasselstrand
Product Manager
LGC Standards, P.O. Box 1737, 50 1 17 Borås, Sweden
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Email: roger.kasselstrand@lgcstandards.com
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Communications / Press Officer
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