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About Us

The Derby Teaching Hospitals Quality Control Laboratory is an MHRA inspected NHS quality control facility. It is based at the Royal Derby Hospital, providing a comprehensive range of contract testing services to the pharmaceutical and related industries. The Laboratory has been established for over 30 years having been based at the old Derby Royal Infirmary and City General sites before amalgamating at the new Royal Derby site.

The Derby Teaching Hospitals QA Lab provides: 

  • Quality assured, cost effective service 
  • Fast and on time delivery of results 
  • Complete customer confidentiality 
  • Independent, tailored testing and advice 
  • Knowledgeable and helpful staff 


The new facility (built in 2009) is a purpose-built, modern laboratory in an ideal location to serve the departments customers. The facility includes a microbiology laboratory, as well as a clean room facility for carrying out sterility testing.

See facilities page for more information.


The department operates according to an established Quality Management System which complies with cGMP requirements and is regularly inspected by the MHRA and Regional QC inspectorate. All procedures are fully validated and comply with Pharmacopoeial standards and regulatory body requirements. Customers are welcome to audit our facilities and quality systems with prior arrangement. 


The unit carries out microbiological and other testing on medicines manufactured at Royal Derby Hospital and from other NHS and commercial sources. 

The unit is also involved in the viable and non-viable environmental monitoring of pharmacy manufacturing areas to ensure they comply with recommended standards for medicine manufacture. 

The unit has been involved in the commissioning and recommissioning of clean room and theatre facilities for our own trust.

Please refer the “services” section for a more detailed description of the services we provide for NHS and commercial customers. 

External clients

We provide services for a number of external clients and would like to continue working with customers to find solutions to their quality needs. To do this we work closely with clients to find the right services to meet their specific demands.  

Please talk to our team to discuss your quality needs.

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