The National Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control Scheme
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Welcome to NMBAQC

The NMBAQC scheme provides a source of external Quality Assurance (QA) for laboratories engaged in the production of marine biological data.

The scheme is made up of six distinct components, each run by separate scheme administrators and contract managers. Each of the components can be viewed via the top navigation menu under Scheme Components.

The NMBAQC scheme is open to participants from across the European Union. In the United Kingdom all Competent Monitoring Authority laboratories and their contractors undertaking statutory marine monitoring programmes are required to participate. However, participation from others engaged in the production of marine biological data is welcomed.

A flyer with more information about NMBAQC can be found here, and the annual reports are here. Our current list of participants in the scheme can be found here.

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