Rwanda Standards Board

Biotechnology Laboratories

Biotechnology Laboratories Unit is one of the three units that constitute the National Quality Testing Laboratories (NQTLD) Division.

The microbiology laboratory provides testing services of a wide range of samples including different matrices (e.g: foods, beverages, water, cosmetics, microbiological efficiency of water filters, Hygienic status of products and areas). The Microbiology laboratory operates in accordance with the International Standard ISO/IEC 17025 (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories).

The laboratory operates 5 days a week from Monday 7H00-17H00 up to Friday 7H00-15H00. The laboratory testing scope is available on Rwanda Standards
Testing charges are calculated according to the sample matrix and the number of parameters requested. The profoma invoice can be requested via email:

What is Microbiology Testing Section? 

1.    Non-food and/or food Microbiology testing functions to determine the adherence to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) methods and to evaluate knowledge, attitudes, and practices of food‐services staff with regard to food hygiene at any stage of food production or food supply chain.

2.     Microbiology testing should be viewed as a means of verifying that HACCP controls are working as intended.

Why Microbiology Testing?
1.    We are as healthy as the hygiene of what we take in or apply on our bodies/hair.
2.    Our business connections— by verification of the working of our HACCP controls, the Microbiology Testing Section opens up the gates and borders locally, regionally and internationally for our products.

Role of Microbiology Testing in food and non-food production and supply chain

1.    Non-food and/or food testing provides an invaluable tool for management organs of the food production and food supply chains companies or institutions at all levels of food production and supply chain.
2.    Key to effectively using microbiological test data is the establishment of a systematic program of testing of microbial load of products at critical stage of production line and the microbial load of the environment in which these products are processed, produced, stored and transported.

Range of services provided by the Microbiology Testing Section
Products tested cover:

1.    Food
2.    Animal Feeds
3.    Water
4.    Carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks
5.    Cosmetics, lotions and hair dressers
6.    Sterility checks
7.    Hygiene products e.g female pads, toilet papers, paper towels
8.    Environmental swabbing
9.    Water purification units


Rwanda Standards Board Microbiology Testing Section provides a wide range of Microbiology Testing covering:
i.    Pathogens by detection
ii.    Enumeration testing for:
iii.    Total viable count
iv.    Hygiene indicator organisms
v.    Spoilage indicator organisms
vi.    Pathogens
vii.    Environmental swabbing and
viii.    Sub-contraction services