The Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL) is part of the Welsh NHS, funded mainly by the Welsh Assembly Government, and based at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend. Our core service is to provide testing and technical services regarding medical devices to the Welsh NHS, enabling Welsh Health Supplies and others in the NHS to undertake·evidence based purchasing.

SMTL has an international reputation, especially regarding surgical dressings, as many test methods for these devices have been developed by SMTL, or in conjunction with SMTL.

SMTL also provide commercial testing services to the international medical device industry, who use the·reports to tender for new business, submit to notified bodies and to develop new devices and technologies.

In summary, SMTL

Please visit the main SMTL test site for further information on our commercial testing activities.