Information about SMTL

The Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL) is part of the Welsh NHS, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, and based at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend. SMTL is part of  NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP). Our core service is to provide medical device testing and technical services regarding medical devices to the Welsh NHS, enabling Procurement Services (formerly Welsh Health Supplies) and others in the NHS to undertake¬∑evidence based purchasing.

SMTL also provide commercial testing services to the international medical device industry, who use the test·reports to tender for new business, submit to notified bodies and to develop new medical devices and technologies.

SMTL has an international reputation for testing medical devices, especially regarding surgical dressings, as many test methods for these devices have been developed by SMTL, or in conjunction with SMTL.  We implement a rigorous UKAS accredited quality system to ISO 17025, which ensures your test reports are accurate and reliable.

Please see the Medical Device Testing Services pages for details of the complete range of tests provided. The list of tests for which we hold UKAS accreditation can be downloaded from here.

SMTL remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint in order to implement environmental initiatives and efficiencies by working closely with NWSSP colleagues, which is further reinforced by our inclusion within the scope of the NWSSP ISO 14001:2015 certification.

IMPORTANT: See our sister site: Medidex for copies of test reports, datacards and other information we make available.

You can read more about SMTL on this page. Further information can be found below.

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