About Us

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We offer high quality and cost-effective ecotoxicology, environmental fate, and analytical chemistry services to the global agrochemical, pharmaceutical, industrial chemicals & biocides industries.

Scymaris was founded in 2016, and is based at the former Brixham Environmental Laboratory (BEL). Our extensive state of the art facilities are equipped with controlled temperature rooms, freshwater and seawater treatment and processing capabilities, controlled air-flow and conditioning. We have 24 hour security and back-up systems.

We provide environmental laboratory services in:

• Ecotoxicology (freshwater and marine), acute and chronic exposure and bespoke study designs

• Endocrine disruptor tests including FSTRA/FSDT/FFLC/FELs/AMA/LAGDA/ZEOGRT

• Biodegradation and higher tier radiolabelled and cold Environmental Fate studies

• Analytical Chemistry services: product characterisation, Metabolite ID, complex chemical analysis (LC-MS/GC-MS), routine sample analysis, ILV’s

• Regulatory laboratory testing compliant to GLP, OECD, OCSPP, ISO, OSPAR and licensed to work with radiochemicals (14C & 3H)

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Our laboratory campus is able to directly access clean seawater on a continuous basis.

Through a purpose-built continuous flow system, seawater can be abstracted, treated, held and delivered to testing laboratories via a dedicated plant room facility, maintained by our expert engineers and dedicated husbandry team.

This provides you with natural seawater through a highly flexible and customisable system capable of supporting high volume flow-through and many other study designs for your research and regulated projects.

Our Work

We are committed to a controlled and carefully planned execution of studies based on excellence  in science and project management, with access to your Study Director throughout the project lifecycle.

Our Services
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The laboratory campus has existed for over 75 years as a research and regulatory testing laboratory, serving a variety of Regulatory and Research needs.


We have over 70 regulatory studies on offer, covering OECD, OPPTS/OCSPP, ISO ECA and SANTE, and including Endocrine Disruption studies.


We have over 2740 square metres of dedicated, state of the art laboratory space.


Over 73% of our staff occupy a scientific role, demonstrating our commitment to excellence in science.

Why choose us?

We are known for successfully and efficiently solving the challenges associated with the risk assessment and global registration of many different chemical types in the fields of agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, biocides and veterinary medicines. In addition to standardised regulatory testing we also offer customised and bespoke study designs and will take the lead in proposing valuable testing strategies for often complex and challenging circumstances.

We offer non-GLP and GLP testing services supporting in-house research and regulatory compliant studies for data submission in all geographic regions. Our multidisciplinary team of scientists have many years of experience with different types of test compounds including complex substances. By design, our scientific teams are highly integrated across ecotoxicology, analytical chemistry and environmental fate/biodegradation enabling open and prompt communications and actions to ensure the timely completion of studies.

Our Management Team

tim derrington.

Stephen (Tim) Derrington

Emma Danby
Principal Consultant Scientist - Environmental Risk Assessment

simon lock.

Simon Lock
Director of Quality & Risk Management

ed hayward.

Ed Hayward
Director of Laboratory Operations

glyn horner.

Glyn Horner
Global Head of Business Development

helen garcia.

Helen Garcia
Head of Ecotoxicology

Gemma Andrews.

Gemma Andrews
Head of Environmental Fate

marina santos.

Marina Santos
Head of Analytical Chemistry

Get in touch

Contact us to find out more about how we can help you with your environmental risk assessment requirements.