Sample Collection


Sample containers for food and water testing are available free-of-charge.


Free Sample Transportation

Biotech Laboratories is able to offer clients free transportation of samples from any Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Collection Centre to Biotech Laboratories. There are over 250 locations throughout Brisbane and south via Grafton and Lismore to Coffs Harbour (NSW), west to Warwick (Qld) and north via Maryborough, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Townsville to Cairns (Qld). In some circumstances we can also arrange a free collection service from your premises.

Click on the link to SEARCH for a Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Collection Centre in your Area/Suburb or Region.

Please note that all water samples must be received and processed by our laboratory within 24 hours of collection. Also, that samples received after normal working hours will be processed the following day. All samples sent from outside of the Brisbane CBD on a Friday or the day before a public holiday will be processed on the following day. Samples processed on weekends and public holidays will attract a surcharge


We Currently Analyse


• Water and Soil
• Food and beverages
• Air
• Surfaces (including carcass, food preparation and air-conditioning surfaces)


List of Analyses Performed


List of microbial analyses performed by Biotech laboratories

For chemical analyses of food and water we use the Australian Government analytical laboratory - the National Measurement Institute. This NATA accredited laboratory is Australia's peak measurement body responsible for biological, chemical, legal, physical and trade measurement. NMI is a division within the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. To obtain information on chemical analyses of food or water samples, please contact us.


Recommended Analyses by sample category


The decision on what analyses should be performed on a food product, water sample or surface swab sample can be difficult, see our general recommendation or contact the laboratory to speak to the Manager or Operations Manager to obtain assistance.


Sample Collection


Information on the collection and transportation of water, swab and food samples.


Measurement of Uncertainty

Every measurement is subject to some degree of uncertainty.