Accreditation and Collaborations
The Cigarette Testing Laboratory is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by the Singapore Accreditation Council - Singapore Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (SAC-SINGLAS).
For the Schedule of SAC-SINGLAS Laboratory Accreditation, please click here.
The World Health Organization (WHO) was designated the Laboratory as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Tobacco Testing and Research on 24 June 2009. The terms of reference of the Centre are:
- To provide technical support in the development of regional testing capacity in the control of tobacco products.
- To provide technical training on tobacco content analysis and emissions measurement.
- To develop testing methodologies on carcinogenic and genotoxic smoke constituents.
- To collaborate and contribute within the tobacco network and collaborate with the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative in building capacities for the testing laboratories in relation to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and WHO TobLabNet specifically.
The Laboratory is a member of the Tobacco Laboratory Network (TobLabNet), a network established by WHO Tobacco Free Initiative (WHO TFI) in April 2005. This global network comprises the government, university, and independent laboratories which aims to strengthen national and regional capacity for the testing and research of the contents and emissions of tobacco products pursuant to Article 9 of the WHO FCTC. TFI is the coordinating body and Secretariat for the programmes and activities of the Network. Once capacity is established, TobLabNet will be positioned as a counter-balance to the tobacco industry's decades-long predominance in the areas of tobacco testing, research, and international methods development.
Current activities include the following:
- Participate in tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide analyses in mainstream cigarette smoke.
- Provide technical assistance in WHO initiated training programmes and capacity building.
- Participate in WHO initiated activities related to tobacco issues.
For more information, visit the WHO TFI website at http://www.who.int/tobacco/en/