Hereafter all reports issued by laboratories of the Government Analyst will bear the ISO certification.
The department was established in 1904 and is the central government laboratory. It consists of two divisions, the Food Science and the Forensic Science. Food science division provides services towards public health.
On the other hand Forensic Science division provides services mainly to law enforcement authorities in the area of crime investigation. In both divisions, there are specially trained scientists for the examination and analysis of samples forwarded by police, law court and other relevant institutes in the country.
In 1935, a new division was established to examine forensic questioned documents, which was named as Government Questioned Document Division.
It is significant to note that the government analyst establishment was formed into a separate Government Department on July 1913. In 1940, the first Ceylonese Government Analyst Mr. W.R. Chanmugam was appointed.
In 1934, the building was allocated to the department at Torrington square. The Government Analyst was also appointed as an expert in the study of cannabis problem in 1938. In 1949, food and drug act was passed and the Government Analyst was appointed as the approved analyst. In 2004, The Government Analyst's Department celebrated its centenary.