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The branch provides chemical testing and calibration services for a wide range of items, to ensure conformance to existing standards. Industries served includes food processors, petroleum producers, construction, pesticide / insecticide formulations, pharmaceutical industry, automotive fluid producers, wastewater monitoring and miscellaneous public requests.



Our Food Laboratory ensures that foods conform to national and international standards for local and export markets, respectively. The capabiliites of this laboratory also includes the testing of foods like rice, sauces, seasonings, syrups and juices. Equipment used in our laboratory include: pH meter, moisture meter, refractometer and balance. Tests in the Food Laboratory form a major part of the routine regulatory function of this unit. Calibration of brix refractometers and salinity meters are done in this laboratory while the traceability of mass, brix and refractive index are also provided.


  • All commercial foods are accurately labelled to meet local and international labelling standards

  • Nutrient parameters include protein, fats, carbohydrates, moisture, ash, sugars, vitamins and minerals.

Pharmaceutical and Special Projects


  • Ensures that products are within acceptable limits of label claim and safe for intended use

  • Determines quality parameters in pharmaceutical preparations, pesticide formulations, fuel, alcoholic beverages and foods among other consumer products.

  • These routine tests are done for quality assurance purposes to confirm label claims on existing and new products.



  • Ensures that test items are within acceptable limits of label claim and conform to any relevant standard

  • Traceability to international standards is provided for some services using Certified Reference Materials from International Metrology Institutes

  • The analysis of cement, steel, fertilizer, soil, limestone, engine coolant, brake fluid, detergent, drinking water and wastewater are other routine tests done. These tests are normally conducted to provide third party confirmation for local quality assurance laboratories and monitor the quality of import products.

Tests offered include:

  • Cannabinoids

  • Cholesterol

  • Carbon & Sulphur in steel

  • Pesticides analysis

  • Sugar profile

  • Fatty Acid profile (Saturated & trans fat)

  • Alcohol

  • Calibration of refractometers

  • Heavy metal analysis

  • Aflatoxin

  • Volatile oil

  • Oil & grease

  • pH

  • Acidity

  • Brix

  • Elemental analysis of cement

  • Moisture

  • Nutritional analysis

  • Hypoglycin-A

Products tested include:

  • Cannabis flower and products

  • Rum

  • Water

  • Fuel

  • Fertilizer

  • Mouthwash

  • Steel & Cement

  • Honey

  • Sanitizers

  • Refractometers

  • Ackee

  • Sauces

  • Baked goods

  • Processed foods

  • Pharmaceuticals



Contact Us

Bureau of Standards Jamaica
6 Winchester Road, Kingston 10, Jamaica
Tel: (876) 618-1534, (876) 632-4275


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