What does the PRL Do?

The Pesticide Research Laboratory (PRL) investigates pesticides used in the Caribbean and does chemical analyses for companies, regulatory bodies and individuals. The PRL is one of the best-equipped analytical labs in the Caribbean, with the latest cutting-edge instruments that give us the flexibility to perform many different types of analyses for Environmental Contaminants, Industrial Chemicals, Paint & Petroleum, Pharmaceutical Drugs, Mineral Imbalances and Steroids etc.

The PRL is the UNEP designated laboratory to analyse all persistent organic pollutants and also to monitor Caribbean coastal pollution by analyzing fish samples.

Who does the PRL Serve?

The PRL aims to provide a wide range of services to
many industries and companies including:

• Food Processors

• Hospitals and Other Health Facilities

• Pharmaceutical Companies

• Bauxite Mining and Production

• Agroindustry

• Utility Companies

What instruments PRL Utilizes?

Two Gas Chromatographs with following attachments

• purge & trap accessory

• headspace analyzer

• mass spectrometric detector

• electron capture detector

• flame ionization detector

One High performance liquid chromatograph with

• single quadrupole mass spectrometric detectors

• auto sampler

One High performance liquid chromatograph with

• diode array and fluorescence detectors

• post derivatization accessory

• multi-sample handling capability with auto injector

One High performance liquid chromatograph with

• triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometric detectors

• tandem mass spectrometric detector

• auto sampler

 Some of the services we provide are:  
1) Analytical quality control of:
• Environmental Contaminants

• Industrial Chemicals

• Paint and Petroleum

• Processed and Unprocessed Foods

• Export Crops e.g. Coffee, Pimento, Ginger, Callaloo

2) Testing animal parts and body fluids for:
• Pharmaceutical Drugs

• Mineral Imbalances

• Steroids

• Veterinary Drugs

• Cocaine, THC and Similar Drugs

3) Some of the substances we test for:
• Pesticides

• Metals

• Minerals and Metallic Ions

• Preservations

• Essential Oils


Some of our Clients are:

Coffee Industry Board

Jamaica Public Service Company Limited

P.A. Benjamins Manufacturing Company Limited

Dairy Industries (Jamaica) Limited

Trade Winds Citrus Limited

Pesticides Control Authority 

ISO 17025 Accreditation

The Accreditation Council of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) on Thursday, October 8, 2015, approved the recommendation from the Accreditation Evaluation Committee (AEC) for the award of an accreditation certificate to the Pesticide Research Laboratory of The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica in the Food Testing Field. The effective date of the award is Tuesday, October 6, 2015, the date the AEC recommendation was made [Certificate of Accreditation]

Accreditation Award Ceremony, 22.10.2015

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Article re PRL's Accreditation by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS)

Remarks from the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) on the Accreditation of the Pesticide Research Laboratory (PRL)  

Industry Ministry Hails Accreditation of UWI Pesticide Research Laboratory 

Photos [Click Image to View Gallery]: Accreditation Celebration Event - February 9, 2016 in the Blue Room of the Mona Visitors' Lodge & Conference Centre

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closed: Weekends and Public Holidays

2 Plymouth Crescent
Department of Chemistry
The University of the West Indies
Mona Campus, Kingston 7
Jamaica, West Indies
Tel.: (876) 935-8787 / (876) 977-7764