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AENOR Laboratorio 10th Anniversary

AENOR Laboratorio 10th Anniversary

15/10/2018

​AENOR Laboratorio is marking its 10-year anniversary, with 700,000 analyses carried out in the food sector

  • In just ten years, it has become a benchmark centre in quality and safety controls for the agro-food sector, thanks to its cutting-edge facilities and equipment, its highly-experienced workforce and a service known for its thoroughness and reliability.
  • AENOR Laboratorio also currently operates in other fields, such as chemicals, cosmetics and construction materials, sectors in which the quality and safety of the products are a priority and can have implications for peoples' health.

15 October 2018. AENOR Laboratorio is marking its 10-year anniversary, a period in which it has carried out more than 700,000 analyses for organisations operating in the food sector. In only one decade since its creation, AENOR's laboratory has become a benchmark centre in quality and safety controls for the various players in the sector: the primary sector, industry, retail, catering and Public Administrations.

AENOR Laboratorio began its operations in 2008, with cutting-edge facilities and equipment, a highly-experienced technical team and a service known for its customer care, thoroughness and reliability. During this period, it has increased both its workforce and its equipment considerably. Furthermore, it has created specialist areas within each department (microbiology, physical-chemical and sensory) to optimise and improve its services.

The centre has been accredited by ENAC (the Spanish National Accreditation Body) in accordance with the standard UNE-EN-ISO/IEC 17025, which is fundamental for such testing centres; a recognition that has expanded to cover new techniques and tests year after year.

AENOR Laboratorio also currently operates in other fields, such as chemicals, cosmetics and construction materials, all of which are sectors in which the quality and safety of the products are a priority and can have implications for peoples' health.

Testing and certification are two areas of compliance assessment that are complementary and compatible with one another, allowing the entity to offer organisations new services and certifications that provide significant added value. For example:



  • Periodically Checked. This is a hallmark granted to products that are subjected to an analytical control plan established by AENOR Laboratorio, taking into account the characteristics of each product.
  • Reared in an anisakis-free environment. This certification, aimed at the aquaculture sector, raises the profile of aquafarming businesses which, in addition to implementing measures to prevent the presence of anisakis, implement an exhaustive analytical control plan that allows them to confirm the absence of the parasite.
  • Gastroquality Taste. Certificate implemented together with Gastroquality, which differentiates food products that are considered by consumers to have an excellent taste and sensory qualities. Products are subjected to periodic taste tests, which they must pass with a minimum score.
  • Reared without antibiotics. Best farming practices and an extensive analytical control plan, verified through audit procedures, allow businesses to obtain this product certificate.
  • Certification of testing methods. AENOR is the only certification body in Spain that validates and certifies testing methods, covering both microbiological and physical-chemical tests. This certification helps testing kit manufacturers and distributors to gain access to the market and, for laboratories, it simplifies the process of validating these methods in order to obtain accreditation for their methods.

Food safety and quality have undergone substantial changes over the course of these ten years. Globalisation, the various food crises and the greater sensitisation of consumers have led to the elaboration of new regulations or requirements aimed at increasing the safety of food products at all points along the food chain. Regulation 1169/2011 on consumer information, Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials in contact with foodstuffs, and the EU recommendations drawn up following the horse meat crisis contain some of the new demands that have been imposed on the sector. In each case, AENOR Laboratorio has adapted to provide an effective response to organisations' needs through its quality and safety controls.