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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Product Quality Services

Department has three sections

  • Food and Drugs
  • Microbiology
  • Technical Service

Activities of food and drugs Section

  • Quality analysis of food and drugs to conformity of National and International Standards.
  • Microbiological analysis of food, drugs and their raw materials.
  • To provide scientific advise to institutions and general public.
  • To conduct research activities.

Some sample analyzed in this Section

  • Cereals
  • Honey
  • Fish and fish products Spices
  • Fruits and vegetables Cooking oil
  • Hard and soft drinks
  • Animal products (e.g. milk, cheese, butter and meat)
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food preservatives
  • Food samples for detections of pathogens

Advantages of utilizing the services

  • To protect consumer's health
  • To improve income of individuals, institutions and the Nation
  • To protect the country from being a dumping ground for sub standard and expired products

Disadvantages of products of unknown quality and safety

  • Unknown quality of food and drugs may cause cancer, other diseases or even death
  • Unknown quality of drugs may develop the body's resistance to drugs or drugs might not respond at all to diseases.
  • Unknown quality of food may cause malnutrition.

Staff and equipment

  • Department has highly qualified and experienced personnel in the fields of food, microbiology, nutrition and chemistry.
  • Department has modern analytical equipments and instruments.

Technical Services offered:

  • Analysis of pharmaceutical products, Environmental samples, foods and beverages, drug of abuse, Toxicological and Forensic samples
  • Research in the field of Medical, Agriculture, and Environmental by using modern Instruments such as:
    • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS/MS)
    • Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)
    • Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP -OES)
    • Gas Chromatography (GC)
    • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
    • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS)
    • Ultraviolet Visible Spectrometer ( UV-VIS)
    • Fourier Transformer Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)



Collaboration with national and international organizations

Department works in collaboration with National and International Organizations in the area of research, analysis and provision of scientific advice to protect human health.

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.