Limerick-based BHP Laboratories has become the only laboratory of its kind in Ireland to offer a complete elemental impurities testing service for the medtech sector. The EI supported company has made a significant investment in its facilities over the last 12 months with the introduction of an ISO 7 cleanroom for sample preparation and two state of the art instruments (inductively coupled plasma spectrometers (ICP-MS and ICP-OES)) for the analysis of samples.
The new facility was officially opened by Pat Breen, TD, Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection.
Already working with most of the global medtech companies in Ireland, the investment by BHP will allow the company to meet existing client needs and to further expand into UK and European markets.
Commenting on the investment and expansion, Dervla Purcell, Laboratory Manager at BHP Laboratories said, “Our customers within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries are regulated by very strict quality control requirements and want to work with accredited and approved laboratories. They also want to reduce lead times for testing. Our investment comes on the back of significant growth in the number of customers looking for our services in the past few years.”
“The new cleanroom sample preparation facility along with the ICP instruments complement our existing in-house techniques, such as GCMS, LCMS and HPLC, and allows us to offer a complete testing package to clients where time and compliance are critical,” she continued.
Speaking at the official opening, Pat Breen, Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection said, “The investment by BHP Laboratories is …”
BHP Laboratories provides measuring, testing and analysing services to numerous industries across Ireland and the UK. Founded in 1978, the family-owned company employs over 55 people at its Limerick laboratory.