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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Chemicals Management

Department has the following sections:

  • Industrial Chemicals and Products Quality Control
  • Chemical safety and Pollution Control
  • Chemical Registration and Control

Function of the Department:

  • To provide analytical services
  • To provide scientific advice and consultancy
  • To conduct research activities
  • To facilitate management of chemicals

Some sample analyzed in this Department:

  • Water and waste water
  • Soaps and detergents
  • Water purification chemicals
  • Petrol and Petroleum products
  • Disinfectants
  • Fertilizers
  • Pesticide, chemical residues (soils and plants)
  • Sea water damaged goods
  • Miscellaneous samples
  • Cosmetics
  • Environmental polluted samples
  • Occupational health samples

Disadvantages of products of unknown quality and safety:
  • Health hazards like cancer, heart, liver and kidney diseases or damage, sometimes death
  • Substandard products/good in the market
  • Environmental pollution
  • Contamination of water bodies, which may cause hazards to fish, animals and plants.


Advantages of utilizing the services

This Department gives out the services which have the following advantages to consumers

  • To protect health of the community
  • To improve individuals and government's income
  • To avoid sale and use of substandard and unsafe products
  • To prevent community from misuse or abuse of chemicals
  • To educate community on the safe use of chemicals and their management
  • To enhance good quality products both for foreign and local use.

Staff and equipment:

  • Department has highly qualified and experienced personnel in Analytical Chemistry, Environmentai Science and Technology, Chemicals Management and Safety and other relevant fields.
  • Department also has modern analytical instrument and equipments.

Collaboration with National and international Organizations:

Department works in collaboration with National and International Organizations to ensure Environmental Sound Management of Chemicals and Chemical Safety.

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.