The Analyses Department has emerged from the laboratory of milk analyses that was founded in 1971 by the former Institute of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine with the aim of automating the analysis of the milk samples of performance testing of the herd.
At present, two System-4000 and one CombiFoss-6000 devices are used in the department for identification of milk components with respective capacities of 300 and 500 samples per hour. The number of general bacteria is identified using two BactoScan FC 100 and Bactoscan FC 50 devices (capacity respecitively 100 and 50 samples per hour).
The employees of the department have long-term experience in the analysers of the given company, their calibration and technical service, which provides good preconditions for achieving the quality of analysis and the necessary precision.
The laboratory was accredited in January 1999 by the Estonian Standards Board and its conformity with the EN 45001:1995
standard was acknowledged. In connection with the amendment of the accreditation standard the Estonian Accreditation Centre
issued to the department an accreditation certificate in February 2002, which certifies its competence for analysing milk
samples in conformity with the requirements of EVS-EN ISO/IEC 17025. At present laboratory has competence according to
EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 to conduct test in the field of milk analyses.
At the international level the laboratory participates in the BactoScan Collaborative Study, Germany. As of 1998, the
laboratory of analyses participates once or twice a year in international collaborative studies for identification of milk
components organised by CECA LAIT and ICAR, France. Thus, the Analyses Department conducts international comparative tests
with regard to all milk components identified in its laboratory using internationally recognised methods or analysers. In
analysis results the deviation of identification of milk components and standard deviation are determined. The comparative
tests conducted within the international collaborative study of 2006 with regard to all milk components identified in
the Analyses Department showed that the precision is within the limits established for international tests, which shows that
the results given by the Analysis Department are acceptable at the international level as well.
At the beginning of 2009 about 1200 clients using performance testing of cows and 20 dairies or milk processors are services by the department. Milk consumers can also have milk components and quality indicators identified using the analysers.