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Analytical chemistry service

Integrated into the forensic medicine department, the service was created at the end of 2016.

The missions

The service is composed of several engineers, technicians, and administrative staff. To carry out its missions, it has state-of-the-art equipment worthy of the most efficient analysis laboratories. The main tasks are:

  • identification and dosage of narcotics;
  • control of legal, falsified, or counterfeit medicines;
  • analysis of food supplements;
  • analysis of products of unknown origin;
  • and analysis for the European Pharmacopoeia, the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Principal clients include the police, the judiciary, Customs, the Ministry of Health, but also doctors, pharmacists, social services (Jugend an Drogenhellef, Abrigado, …), companies and individuals.

Research projects

Research projects are continuously being carried out, often in collaboration with other of the LNS’ departments, as well as universities and national or international research institutes.

  • Analysis of psychotropic drugs handed in by users at parties (in collaboration with 4-motion, the justice system and the Ministry of Health)
  • Analysis of drugs consumed in drug consumption rooms (in collaboration with Abrigado, JDH, Justice and the Ministry of Health)
  • Determination of certain drugs in wastewater (in collaboration with LIST and Sidero)
  • Analysis of drugs seized by Customs (in collaboration with customs and the Ministry of Health).

A commitment to quality

Ensuring the quality of our services is of paramount importance in our activities.

  • Since November 2019, the service is ISO/IEC 17025 certified for the control of medicines (Attest.No. EDQM/MJA-147) and is part of the OMCL (Official Medicines Control Laboratories) of EDQM. This network of laboratories (“GEON”, General European OMCL Network) helps the regulatory authorities to control the quality of medicines for human and veterinary use available on the European market.
  • Since January 2022 the service is accredited by OLAS under number 1/052 according to ISO/IEC 17025 – testing. The technical annex is available on the OLAS website.


the team