A South African Laboratory

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We are proudly one of the very few solely independent South African owned companies still in business today.

Please support us! We are small, but expanding and are a SANAS accredited ISO/IEC 17025 Testing and Consulting Laboratory.

We provide a wide range of scientific services such as bacteriology and chemical testing of foodstuffs, waters, agricultural commodities, pharmaceuticals, petroleum products, feeds and pet foods.


The business was started in a garage in 1989, at the Durban North home of Vic Soffiantini, an experienced and qualified Analytical Chemist. His experience covered working in labotratories in fertilizers, chemicals, sugar and dairy industries; as well as various consulting laboratories.

In 1990 the business was incorporated as a Close Corporation. During 1991 it moved to bigger premises at John Ross House in the Durban CBD. During this time period many science students did their successful inservice training with the Company.

In 1995 the business had outgrown its premises in the CBD and moved south of Durban to Francois Road near the busy harbour industrial area.

The laboratories soon outgrew these premises as well. In 2004 the Laboratories moved into larger premises around the corner in Umbilo Road.

Chem-Science Laboratories cc had basically two laboratories, one Chemical and the other Microbiology. In March 2003, the Microbiology Laboratory broke away from Chem-Science Laboratories cc and became a separate legal entity known as Bio-Science Technologies (Pty) Ltd.

Due to rapid expansion and an ever growing loyal client base, it became necessary to upgrade the legal identity of the small business, Chem-Science Laboratories cc; so in 2012 it became a fully established (Pty) Ltd company.

To date both Companies have trained well over 200 students and graduates; helping to establish a competent base of future technologists and scientists for South African industries and research laboratories.

We also donate regularly to various wildlife and animal charities. SPCA

We sponsored the lab testing for nutritional value of fish feed for the dolphin feeding programme. SAAMBR


Our management team:

Vic Soffiantini
CEO and Director
Mark Freeman
Operations Manager
Saranessa Edward
Microlaboratory Laboratory Manager & QA Administrator
Lawrence Mavundla
Chief Chemist