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Excellence in food and water testing

Sonic Food & Water Testing (SFWT) performs a comprehensive suite of microbiological tests on a wide range of water, food and soil samples, strictly in accordance with the appropriate Australian standards.

SFWT is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Australian-owned Sonic Healthcare, one of the world's largest specialist medical diagnostics companies. Sonic Healthcare is a global healthcare company with a reputation for excellence in laboratory medicine/pathology, radiology/diagnostic imaging and primary care medical services.

About Sonic Food & Water Testing

Sonic Food & Water Testing (SFWT) is dedicated to providing food and water testing services to a wide range of industries. Highly qualified scientific staff and expert food and water analysts oversee all testing. SFWT is committed to ensuring that clients can be confident of adhering to food and water legislation, guidelines and health standards.

Food and water testing is an ongoing requirement for several industries to ensure that their products or services do not pose a health risk to the general population. SFWT provides specialised testing across a range of areas to ensure that companies and organisations comply with the relevant regulations for their industry. 

As a division of Sonic Healthcare, the nation-wide collection centres servicing our Australian pathology practices are available to food and water testing clients as drop-off locations for samples to be tested. 

Connected by an extensive courier network, samples delivered prior to a nominated time at Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology collection centres across NSW can be assured that testing will be performed within a 24-hour timeframe, for rapid result turnaround. Please contact the individual collection centre for advice relating to drop-off times and coordinate sample transportation..

For clients outside of NSW, please refer to the Sonic Healthcare website to determine which pathology practice operates in your state. 

Our clients range from food manufacturers to hospital and aged-care facilities, through to local councils and farmers. Servicing both commercial businesses and the public, through referrals received from a broad base of clients, including;

  • councils (swimming pools, environmental monitoring programs and assessments)
  • water treatment companies (cooling towers, waste waters and effluent)
  • nursing homes (thermostatic mixing valves and Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points - HACCP - programs)
  • food manufacturers and processors (raw materials, finished product and HACCP programs)
  • bottlers of drinking water
  • oyster growers and shellfish programs
  • environmental consultants (HACCP and Environmental Impact Assessments)
  • the general public (swimming pool, bore, spring and tank water analysis)

In addition to the expertise available at the NSW laboratory, Sonic Healthcare has another facility in Queensland (Biotech Laboratories, Brisbane),  providing laboratory analysis of food, water, air and other environmental samples.

To maintain our high quality testing and service standards, Sonic Food and Water Testing participates in regular external proficiency programs, training courses and seminars.

Quality is maintained by regular benchwork training and staff competence records to reflect each individual's performance in both external proficiency training and internal proficiencies, scheduled at regular intervals.

The Sonic Food & Water Testing laboratory complies with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025, and is a NATA-accredited testing facility (NATA Accreditation No: 4034). 

The National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) is a renowned laboratory accreditation authority, with worldwide recognition. NATA accreditation recognises and promotes facilities competent in specific types of testing, measurement, inspection and calibration.