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This article is about the British analytical company. For other uses, see LGC (disambiguation).
Abbreviation LGC
Motto Science for a Safer World
Formation February 1996 (formerly Laboratory of the Government Chemist; executive agency established in 1842)
Legal status Private limited company
Region served
Forensic scientists, Chemists, Biologists
Chief Executive
Tim Robinson
Parent organization
Website LGC

LGC is an international life sciences measurement and testing company with leading positions in growing markets.

LGC provides a range of measurement products and services which underpin the safety, health and security of the public, including reference materials and proficiency testing, genomics reagents and instrumentation, and expert sample analysis and interpretation. LGC serves customers across a number of end markets including Pharmaceuticals, Agricultural Biotechnology, Diagnostics, Food, Environment, Government and Academia.

With a history dating back to 1842, LGC has been home to the UK Government Chemist for more than 100 years and is the UK National Measurement Laboratory and Designated Institute for chemical and bio measurement. Since privatisation in 1996 it has expanded from 270 staff in 1996 to over 2600 in 2017 and is Europe's largest, independent analytical laboratory.[1]

LGC participates in the European Reference Materials consortium, together with the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) of the European Commission's Directorate General Joint Research Centre and the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM).

Its operations are extensively accredited to international quality standards such as ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 13485, ISO 9001, GMP, GLP and ISO Guide 34.

LGC is now owned by funds affiliated with KKR.

Since privatisation, LGC has significantly expanded its activities. Employee numbers have risen from 270 in 1996 to about 2,600 in 2017, as the company has grown organically and through multiple acquisitions. Significant acquisitions since 1996 include: KBioscience, AGOWA, Forensic Alliance Limited, Mikromol, Promochem, University Diagnostics Ltd, HFL, ARMI, VHG Labs, Quotient Bioanalytical Sciences, Dr Ehrenstorfer, Biosearch Technologies, Thistle QA, Maine Standards, Prime Synthesis, immunosuppressive proficiency testing (PT) scheme from ASI, BRC Global Standards and o2si; and the outsourcing of analytical services from BNG and Sentinel Performance Solutions.

Corporate governance[edit]

As of 2015, LGC's chief executive officer (CEO) was Tim Robinson. At the time of LGC's change of ownership to Bridgepoint in 2010, David Richardson held the CEO role.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About LGC: History". LGC. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 

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