Export of Laboratory Services Grows

In 2011, Guatemala exported laboratories services worth more than $19 million, anticipating that the figure will be close to $25 million at the end of 2012.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Zsolt Gerendas, coordinator of the laboratories commission at the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), indicates that the main analysis work performed by Guatemalan laboratories is on samples of products like food and textiles, for export to the United States.

"In Central America, Guatemala and Nicaragua are the only countries that have laboratories capable of performing industrial testing, the most common type of analysis required by companies in the region and the the Dominican Republic," reported Prensalibre.com.

Rodolfo Giron, CEO of Ecoquimsa laboratories, estimates that "there is the possibility of exporting to El Salvador analysis and monitoring of air, water and chimneys". Among the most requested services for the environment is monitoring of gases and particles. The services are mainly exported to Nicaragua and Honduras.

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Consortium of Laboratories in Guatemala

May 2012

Accredited laboratories who are part of the AGEXPORT Laboratory Commission, are joining together in the region in order to provide analysis and inspection services.

Ten Guatemala companies have joined forces and launched "’G’ Labs Group", the first consortium of laboratories in Latin America with the goal of increasing annual sales by $10 million.

Tender for Laboratory Services

February 2014

The Guatemalan Institute of Social Security is putting out to tender 127.550 clinical laboratory services.

Guatemala Government Purchase 3093123:

"19,579 Clinical Laboratory Services for Patients of Puerto San José at the Guatemalan Social Security Institute IGSS Department of Escuintla."

Tender for Laboratory Services

February 2014

The Guatemalan Institute of Social Security is putting out to tender 160,000 clinical laboratory services.

Guatemala Government Purchase 3113159:

"Clinical Laboratory Services for Patients at various units of the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security, IGSS, in the Department of Jutiapa."

Accredited Laboratories in Costa Rica

January 2013

The Costa Rican Accreditation Entity has issued an updated list of clinical laboratories and official accreditation tests.

The ECA (Costa Rican Accreditation Entity) was established in 2002 under Law 8279 "National Quality System", published on May 21 in La Gaceta 96. It is a public entity with a non-state identity and is the only authoritative body competent to issue national qualifications in the areas of testing and calibrations for laboratories, clinical laboratories, inspection bodies, certification bodies and agencies validators / verifiers of greenhouse gases.

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