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The Scientific Services Laboratory run by the City of Edinburgh Council provides a wide range of laboratory testing and scientific advisory services to the Council, elected members, emergency services, other local authorities, the Foods Standards Agency and, private businesses and the general public...It is one of two accredited laboratories in Scotland and the only laboratory to be recognised by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the European Commission for testing the safety of toys. The laboratory assesses around 300 toys and consumer products for safety each year. ..Edinburgh Scientific Services carries out various types of tests on toys, depending on the design of the toy and the intended age of the child, to check that they are not going to cause harm to children and that they comply with safety regulations...Picture shows Simon Wood, Technical Assistant at Edinburgh Scientific Services taking a sample of paint from a toy to test the chemical compostion for any toxicity at the Edinburgh Scientific Services laboratory in Edinburgh.
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