Cutting edge laboratory for testing drinking water at the institutions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer

At the end of July, a newly developed laboratory for the efficient testing of freshwater reserves and drinking water covering all sources of contamination was introduced by the Chief Medical Officer at the National Public Health Centre (NPHC).

The institutions of the National Office of the Chief Medical Officer participating in the present development will have access to even more efficient technical assistance for protecting our safety, as this project has resulted in a cutting edge laboratory that can screen for physical, chemical as well as biological pollutants. The two-tier network of laboratories resulting from the developments will be able to perform even the more complex tests in the shortest possible time. In addition, the pool of equipment of regional laboratories, required for the day-to-day tasks of the authority, has also been completed, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tamás Szentes.

The laboratory can test for the recently appeared new risk factors, the micropollutants that are the greatest cause of anxiety for the public, such as the remnants of pharmaceuticals, hormone-like materials, algal toxins, new pathogens as well as all other parameters of drinking water. The new set of instruments can reduce the public health and epidemiological risks associated with drinking water, and potential emergencies can be dealt with faster. As a result, the number of illnesses can be reduced significantly, as early detection at the appropriate level accelerates the response. Furthermore, the official laboratory testing of drinking water can also predict and prevent the long-term health risks resulting from the consumption of sub-standard quality drinking water.