Testing laboratory within the State Enterprise “National Center for Quality Testing of Alcoholic Beverages” (hereinafter Laboratory) is specialized in testing wine and alcoholic products in order to determine quality and safety indicators for evaluating their compliance with the requirements of the normative and regulatory documents.
The laboratory is accredited by the National Accreditation Center of the Republic of Moldova (MOLDAC) and meets the requirements of SM SR EN ISO/CEI 17025:2006 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories”. The competence of the Laboratory is confirmed by obtaining the Accreditation Certificate no. LÎ-015 from 16.07.2018, valid until 15.07.2022. The laboratory is competent to carry out tests on the following product groups: wine products, alcoholic, low-alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, beers and beer-based beverages, rectified ethyl alcohol, distillates of agricultural origin and raw materials for their manufacture.
In August 2019, the Laboratory completed the transition to the new version of ISO 17025 (SM EN ISO/ IEC 17025:2018) and is in the process of reconfirming its competence.
S.E. “NCQTAB” is designated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and the Environment and accepted by the General Directorate of the European Commission “Agriculture and Rural Development” for drawing up VI-1 documents for import of wine produced in the Republic of Moldova into the EU (https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/sites/agriculture/files/wine/lists/06.pdf).
Most quality safety characteristics are determined by modern automated equipment and highly qualified personnel. The quality management system of the Laboratory ensures the validity of the results issued through internal audits and other procedures for monitoring its performances, guaranteed and by external oversight audits by the MOLDAC evaluators. Laboratory equipment and testing methods are constantly being modernized and automatized.
The quality of the laboratory tests is guaranteed by proficiency tests and interlaboratory comparisions (PT/ILC) at international level with positive results. During the last 10 years, the Laboratory participates in the PT schemes organized by BIPEA (Bureau InterProfessionnel d’Etudes Analytiques) for most of the main characteristics for wine, spirits and grape juice. The Laboratory also participates in the PT organized by BelGIM (Belarus State Institute of Metrology) for determining the activity of radionuclides in food and agricultural raw materials.
A professional team consisting of 14 specialists is working at the Laboratory. All personal is graduated in the field of chemistry, winemaking or food technology, 2 of which are PhD degree holders. 12 authorized tasters are working at the SE “NCQTAB”, 7 of them at the Laboratory.
Attraction, supporting and professional development of the staff is an essential organizational objective of the Laboratory.
In 2018, 11234 samples of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages were tested by the Laboratory. Wine and wine raw materials accounted for 74.8% from the total number of tested samples, spirits (vodka, divin, brandy, rachiu, flavored alcoholic spirits, whisky, gin, rum) – 18.4%, other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and beers – 4.6%, rectified ethyl alcohol and distillates of agricultural origin – 2.2%.