SGS Life Sciences expands and integrates chemistry and microbiology testing

Following the acquisition of Quality Compliance Laboratories (QCL) in December 2015

SGS, a bio/pharmaceutical analytical and bioanalytical contract solutions provider, has announced that further to the acquisition of Quality Compliance Laboratories (QCL) last December, its global network now offers chemistry and microbiology testing services for cosmeceuticals, natural health products and medical marijuana from facilities in Canada.

Following the acquisition, all 65 of QCL's staff at its two Canadian sites have been integrated into SGS’s global network of laboratories.

The facilities, located in Montreal and Markham, Toronto, have a combined laboratory space of more than 10,000ft2, and investment has already been made to equip the Markham site with new walk-in stability chambers.

The facilities are GMP compliant and are licensed/registered with, and inspected by, both Health Canada and the US FDA.

The services offered complement SGS’s existing life science portfolio by providing local testing services within Quebec, while expanding markets served to include nutraceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics and veterinary products.

New capabilities within the two facilities include ICP-MS/ICP-OES for elemental impurities analysis, fully automated tablet dissolution apparatuses, flow-through USP dissolution apparatus (USP #4), and Vitek for bacterial identification.

Alongside the company’s existing facility in Mississauga, SGS can now offer a comprehensive service provision of analytical testing for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products, raw materials and packaging, and medical devices capacity throughout Canada.

Michael Lindsay, Vice President Life Sciences Unit, SGS Canada, said: 'This acquisition will have a positive impact for our customers as we can now offer increased flexibility and capacity when and where clients need support.'

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