The SGL is a dynamic centre of official control, monitoring, research and consultation utilized by the various state services, with national and European recognition. It is the Official Government Laboratory and the main laboratory for the surveillance and monitoring of foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and for the examination of illegal drugs and other police exhibits from cases brought to court for justice. In cooperation with the competent authorities it is also the main centre for environmental monitoring and pollution control. Within the framework of its responsibilities the SGL carries out research to support the development and application of policies or to provide solutions to existing or emerging problems mainly in the areas of food safety, authenticity of products and environment and health. The SGL contribution focuses especially on the interface between Public Health and the Environment.