Water analyses, analysis, analytical chemistry, ecotoxicological testing, microscopy, collection of algal cultures

NIVA offers laboratory services within the areas of chemical analyses, ecotoxicological testing and biology, primarily for NIVA's research projects. NIVA has broad and long established experience within method development, consulting and problem-solving within these areas and within laboratory quality assurance. The laboratories are equipped with advanced modern instruments for the delivery of high-quality custom analyses.

Chemical analyses

NIVA’s two sections for chemical analyses are Section for Accredited Services and Section for Environmental Chemistry.

Accredited services

The Section for Accredited Services is accredited by Norwegian Accreditation according to NS-EN ISO/IEC 17025, under registration Test 009.

For more information on the scope of NIVA’s accreditations, please visit Norwegian Accreditation.

We perform routine determinations of water quality parameters and metals, mainly in fresh water and sea water. The majority of our methods are accredited. NIVA is designated by Justervesenet (Norwegian Metrology Service) as reference laboratory for water quality parameters and metals in Norway.

For the analyses that we do not perform accredited, we are in cooperation with subcontracted laboratories. This is for instance routine determination of organic parameters in different matrices (water, sediment, biological material, slugde etc.)

The section’s personnel have extensive experience in arrangement of Proficiency Testing (PT), where participants are industry laboratories and other laboratories. The following PTs are currently being offered:

  • Water courses, including parameters for drinking water
  • Industrial effluent water

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Section for Environmental Chemistry

The personnel of this section have very high competence within research and development of methods for chemical analysis, particularly within the field of new environmental toxins, such as pharmaceutical products, narcotics and biocides, and for chemicals.

The section contributes in the development of passive samplers for a number of organic and inorganic parameters.

Ecotoxicological laboratory

NIVA's ecotoxicology laboratory performs routine tests for determining toxicity, biodegradability and bioaccumulation of chemicals in conformity with international standards. The laboratory is inspected according to the OECDs principles for good laboratory practice (GLP) and registered in Norwegian Accreditation's GLP-register with registration number GLP 007.

Biological laboratory

NIVA has experts in diverse aquatic fauna and flora groups and we have our own labs for microscopic studies and investigations of fish and shellfish. NIVA also has a comprehensive collection of algae cultures that are used in research projects and tests of various algae types. Our Bio-Lab is an important tool in our work on biodiversity.

Marine soft bottom (taxonomy, field sampling of sediment and fauna) is accredited according to NS-EN ISO/IEC 17025 (Test 009) for NS-EN ISO 16665:2013 and NS-EN ISO 5667-19:2004.

Read more about NIVA's certifications and accreditations


Accredited Services - Laboratory manager Elisabeth Lie
Accredited Services – Technical manager Tomas Adler Blakseth
Accredited Services – Quality manager Trine Olsen
Proficiency Testing - Laboratory Engineer Tina Bryntesen
Environmental Chemistry – Research manager Malcolm Reid
Ecotoxicological laboratory – Research manager Adam Lillicrap
Biological laboratory – Research manager Mats Walday

Last updated 18.12.2017