Chief Govt. Chemist

Dr. Fidelice M.S. Mafumiko


Welcome to the Government Chemist Laboratory Authority (GCLA), your number one centre for laboratory analysis of samples/exhibits related to Forensic Sciences in order to facilitate forensic investigations and hence assurance of justice and rule of law, samples related to agricultural and industrial produce to ascertain safety and quality, samples related to paternity or sex identification in order to address society concerns and samples related to environmental and occupational health for the protection of health and the environment.

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About GCLA


Government Chemist Laboratory Authority history can be traced back from year 1895. The Government Chemist Laboratory (GCL) also known as the Government Laboratory or Government Chemist Department was established in 1895. In 1895 Governor H. Von Wissman (a German) with intent to have the problems of tropical diseases particularly malaria and tuberculosis (TB) and its treatment thoroughly investigated. This marked the birth of the Government Chemist Laboratory or Government Chemical Laboratory and Mr. Gustav Giemsa was appointed the first Chief Government Chemist and it was under the Chief Secretary.

During 1947- 1957, the Government Chemist Laboratory (GCL) was under the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources as its core functions were mainly analysis of samples from agricultural and natural resources sectors. After 1957, the laboratory was transferred to the Ministry of Health.

In 1986 GCL became one of the departments under Ministry of Health, responsible for analysis of quality and safety of food, drugs, cosmetics and their raw materials which were manufactured locally and imported in the country. Provision of expert opinion to the Government on matters requiring laboratory expertise on aforementioned issues was also its responsibility as well as being a legal laboratory for all forensic science issues.

The introduction of Public Service Reform Programme in 1993 necessitated the laboratory to undergo transformation so as to improve service delivery. In this regard on 26th March 1999 the Government Chemist Laboratory was transformed into a semi-autonomous entity as Government Executive Agency in accordance with the Executive Agencies Act No. 30 of 1997 through the Executive Agencies (Government Chemist Laboratory Agency-GCLA) (Establishment) Order GN. 106 of 2000. In September 2016 transformed again into Government Chemist Laboratory Authority after Parliament to enact Government Chemist Laboratory Authority Act No. 8, 2016.

The aim of GCLA being provision of high quality, cost effective testing/ analytical, advisory, research and consultancy services to the Government, private institutions and the general public on food, drugs, industrial and consumer chemicals and forensic sciences services (that include but not limited to DNA and toxicology).

In addition to meeting its statutory responsibilities, GCLA, shall continue offering services to the general public and the private sector in areas governing safety and quality of food, pharmaceuticals, consumer and industrial chemicals, traditional medicine and their raw materials.  

Our Vision

To become a reputable world class analytical laboratory for executing health, social well-being and environmental interventions.

Our Mission

To provide quality and cost effective laboratory and regulatory services to the Government, Institutions, private sector and the general public for the purpose of safeguarding human health, environment and for execution of justice.