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Issue Date:05/02/2016
Review Date:05/02/2018

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Chemical Analysis Services


Government agencies that are seeking chemical analysis services or advice are required to request a quotation from the lead agency Chemistry Centre (WA) (trading as ChemCentre), the WA Government chemical laboratory established under the Chemistry Centre (WA) Act 2007.  

This policy is applicable to all entities covered by the Public Sector Management Act 1994.



The Government is committed to maintaining ChemCentre to supply higher order analytical services to the State. Many of these functions provide services for the public good in highly sensitive areas, such as the legal and judicial system, or in environmental management, where public confidence in the quality, integrity and independence of chemical analysis, advice and information is critical.

Consistent with the recommendations of successive reviews, ChemCentre is implementing changes to establish a long term sustainable business model. One of the key recommendations is that government agencies looking for chemical analysis services or advice be required to seek a quotation from ChemCentre as part of the procurement process for chemical analysis services or advice.

It is reasonable for Government to expect all agencies to seek a quotation from ChemCentre given the substantial Government investment in maintaining the capacity of ChemCentre to meet strategically important State priorities. Those agencies that have existing contracts with private providers will need to honour any obligations, and are asked to work towards greater flexibility to adhere to this policy.

Government agencies that decide to proceed with work through ChemCentre after receiving a quote will not be required to go through a formal request process, nor is any formal agreement with ChemCentre required. Agencies that receive fee for service analysis or advice from the ChemCentre should do so under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) although urgent work can be processed under ChemCentre's standard terms of service if a MoU does not currently exist.

ChemCentre has put in place arrangements that will provide a timely quotation on requested work. After receiving a ChemCentre quotation government agencies can choose to seek other quotations from the private sector through a formal request process and then determine the preferred supplier. Government agencies will be asked to provide feedback to ChemCentre on reasons for their final supply decision.


Further information and contacts for quotations can be found at or by email to



Colin Barnett MLA



For enquiries contact:

Fiona Roche (08) 6552 5725
Executive Director, Office of Science
Department of the Premier and Cabinet     

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