The Surgical Material Testing Laboratory (SMTL), Company Profile

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The Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL) was established in 1977 as a quality control laboratory for Mid Glamorgan Health Authority. Since then the mix of work undertaken by the laboratory has changed considerably. Welsh Office funded SMTL to provide health authorities in Wales with a materials testing service for dressing and medical and surgical products. SMTL now provides testing services both to the whole of the NHS in Wales and to manufacturers of health care products. The testing covers surgical dressings and medical disposables and includes compliance testing, product evaluation and development of test methods. The department is now based in the Princess of Wales hospital, Coity Road, Bridgend, where it now employs a total of 22 staff including pharmacists, biologists, microbiologists, technicians and research nurses. Since it was founded SMTL has established itself as a leader in its specialised field, attracting commercial clients in addition to its NHS work. SMTL is a not-for-profit organisation.


Princess of Wales Hospital Coity Road
CF31 1RQ.
United Kingdom


Phone: 44 1656 752820
Fax: 44 1656 752830

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