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.

A statement on protected species on the Wildlife and Countryside Act can be found here.

European News

  • The State of European Cetaceans Report
    The State of European Cetaceans Report by ORCA gives an overview of cetaceans sightings over a 10 year period.; 06 Feb 2017
  • New guidance published by UK government
    Guidance has been published on how to assess the impact of your activity in estuarine (transitional) and coastal waters for the Water Framework Directive (WFD). ; 16 Dec 2016
  • marine monitoring method finder
    JNCC has developed a new tool to meet the needs of the UK marine monitoring community. Please try it out and provide feedback.; 05 Apr 2016
  • NMP Scotland
    This interactive tool has been designed to assist in the development of national and regional marine planning. National Marine Plan interactive (NMPi) allows you to view different types of information and, where appropriate, links have been provided to the related parts of Scotland's Marine Atlas and will also be provided to the National Marine Plan in due course.; 05 Apr 2016
  • Winter version of Defra Fishing Focus
    Fishing Focus is a marine newsletter published by Defra to keep stakeholders informed about the work Defra are doing. Their winter version is now out.; 29 Jan 2016
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  • NMBAQC Annual Report 2016/2017
    This Annual Report provides synopsis of the scheme year’s activities over 2016/2017, the 23rd year of the NMBAQC scheme. 17 Nov 2017 ; 17 Nov 2017
  • UPDATED Identification guide for Cephalopods
    A new version of Identification guide for shelf Cephalopods in the UK waters is available for download. In the new version the cuttlefish have been moved forwards and octopods backwards, as it is generally accepted in cephalopod community. The text is the same.; 15 Sep 2017
  • PSA workshop
    NMBAQC are holding a PSA workshop on 4th – 5th October 2017, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK; 02 Aug 2017
  • Review of recording and identification policy differences
    A review of recording and identification policy differences in Benthic Invertebrate Component exercises (OS, LR, MB) for Scheme Operation 2014 - 2016 (Years 21, 22, 23) has been carried out and the report is now available for download.; 11 Jul 2017
  • PSA annual report 2016-2017
    The annual report for the PSA component is now available for download.; 29 Jun 2017
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