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foodactive Supply Chain Day
On September 18th, 2019, the foodactive Supply Chain Day will take place in Hamburg for the first time. You can look forward to exciting speakers and examples of best practices. Together with our partner, foodactive, we will shed light on the processes of the food supply chain. more


Several interesting questions will be discussed at the event, including:

Which strategies should be selected on the international and the regional level? How do you deal with legal regulations, specific standards, customer requirements, and the topic of sustainability? And, which digital solutions are going to change the future of the food supply chain?

You can find further information about the event and the speakers here:

IVARIO has Become Part of the GBA Group and is Striving to Expand Online Platform for Consumer Tests
Hamburg, July 5th, 2019. The GBA Group has acquired IVARIO GmbH & Co. KG, the operator of, which is the leading online platform in Germany for drinking water testing for end consumers. With the merger, existing and potential customers will benefit even more directly from the expertise of the GBA Group in the future. Furthermore, for the GBA Group and IVARIO, this lays the cornerstone for the cooperative development of further online test services for private households in Germany and Western Europe. more

IVARIO was founded in Hamburg by Saskia Gerber, Sascha Zielinski, and Söhnke Mücke in 2013. Today the company is Germany’s leading online provider of drinking water analyses for consumers. With IVARIO’s environmental tests, the company made it its task from the very beginning to provide consumers with a pragmatic, inexpensive possibility to conduct tests of their surroundings on their own and have them analyzed for harmful substances. After starting with a selection of drinking water tests, the product range grew with the rising demand. In additional to conventional drinking water tests, today their product range also includes a wide variety of tests of bacteria and other contaminants, as well as water analyses. In the future, the range should continue to be expanded to cover further aspects in the fields of consumer and environmental protection.

Steffen Walter, CEO of the GBA Group, sees very high potential in this merger: “We are glad that we are able to expand into this new field of business together with our colleagues from IVARIO. The combination of successful e-commerce and laboratory expertise at the highest level opens up new markets and provides us with new momentum! For the GBA Group, it is also one more important step towards further digitalizing our services.”

Even after the merger with GBA, the three founders of IVARIO are staying on board: while Söhnke Mücke will continue to serve as the CEO of the operative business, Saskia Gerber and Sascha Zielinski will be by his side working as consultants for the company. Söhnke Mücke: “Together with the GBA Group, we have the best possible opportunity to continue growing and to realize our diverse range of ideas for further development. With the strong GBA laboratories by our side, we will expand our service portfolio into further fields and provide the consumers with even more assistance.” Saskia Gerber and Sascha Zielinksi are also more than satisfied with this arrangement for the future. “It is nice to know that the company is in good hands,” expressed the two former managing directors.

Due to various reports in the media, the topic of tap water and drinking water quality has recently become a major issue among the German public. With their latest test results, the German consumer testing organization “Stiftung Warentest” spoke out in favor of drinking tap water. Especially in Germany, drinking water is very strictly monitored, however the quality of the drinking water that is supplied is only guaranteed up to the connection to the individual house. There are many risk factors even within housing units, such as outdated pipe systems or fixtures, which can release heavy metals or provide a substrate for bacteria to grow. This in particular is why laboratory water tests that individual consumers can carry out by themselves without any prior knowledge represent an important opportunity to check on their own. This is precisely where IVARIO and GBA come in, offering new possibilities for consumers with this merger.

30 Years of GBA – Happy Birthday!
Hamburg, June 26th: Thirty years ago today, on June 26th, 1989, the doctor and chemist Dr. Erich Döllefeld, MD-PhD, founded GBA Gesellschaft für Bioanalytik mbH. This young company started off providing a reasonable range of environmental analyses. While still in the beginning phases, this range of services was continually expanded, and food analysis soon became an equally significant second pillar. In the course of the ongoing strategy laid out by the shareholders and management, the company initially started its successful expansion throughout northern Germany in 2007 and later entered the market for pharmaceutical analysis. Today, 30 years after its foundation, the GBA Group is one of the leading providers of laboratory services in Germany and Austria in the fields of food, environmental, and pharmaceutical analysis, and furthermore is one of the most dynamically growing companies in this business. more


What does the future hold?
The GBA Group is a network of companies represented at 23 locations. Over 800 employees ensure that our national and international customers are able to make use of our laboratory analyses and individually tailored consulting services for managing their processes. The GBA Group has continuously been developing and growing dynamically with the goal of providing our customers with even faster and more effective support. This is also the case with the constant broadening of our range of services, the regional expansion both domestically and abroad, as well as the development of new services for the both existing customers and potential new customer groups. The GBA Group is on its way to becoming the European Champion in these fields! That is also what makes this company increasingly attractive to specialists in these fields and top performers, as well as up-and-coming talents who want to work in a dynamic environment, take on responsibility, and help shape the future. This and the growing dynamic of the GBA Group generate the motivation and incentive to continue along this path. 30 years of GBA – Happy Birthday!

GBA and biomess at the 8th Symposium of Building Experts
Meet GBA and biomess together in Cologne on June 5th, 2019. This year’s symposium for building experts (“Fachtagung: Der Bausachverständige”) focuses on the topic of “radon and asbestos – invisible enemies at home.” Our team of experts on site will gladly inform you about our services in the field of asbestos and other harmful substances in buildings. more

You’re welcome to make an appointment to meet us in person at the event to discuss your questions.

Dr. Sven Unger
Tel: +49 (0)40 797172-0

Visit from the VDIni-Club in Mönchengladbach
On May 18th, 2019, the kids club of the VDI (Association of German Engineers) visited our lab in Mönchengladbach, biomess. The group of 18 children ages 6 and up, got to experience an exciting day in the laboratory with the theme of “magnification.” They were allowed to pick one of a variety of samples (e.g. salt, sugar, paper, insects) and observe it under a stereo microscope. Then the same samples were observed using a scanning electron microscope at a much higher degree of magnification. At the end, the kids were able to take home a picture of their “own” sample.  more close
The GBA Group as an Exhibitor at the dti Frozen Foods Convention
On May 27th and 28th, 2019, meet the GBA Group in Munich at the dti Frozen Foods Convention (dti Tiefkühltagung), one of the most important networking events for managers in the frozen foods industry. At the booth shared by the GBA Group, awenko:360, and TÜV SÜD, our team of experts will be available for questions, consulting, and conversations. more

In order to ensure a safe and high-quality final product, the entire supply chain needs to be monitored constantly. From the procurement of the raw ingredients in the country of origin, to the production, all the way to the delivery to the retailer or the consumer, the supply chain management has to work properly and, above all, has to be well documented. The cooperation between the GBA Group, awenko:360, and TÜV SÜD, which was successfully formed at the beginning of 2019, offers you an innovative and specialized solution for this. Together we provide a wide range services and documentation processes individually tailored to the needs of our customers. These include supplier audits, hygiene audits, sampling, analytical services, preparation of audit protocols, data interfaces for the transfer of test results, and much more.

If you would like to schedule an individual appointment, please contact us:

Dr. Markus Zell und Mr. Adalbert Elmers
Tel. +49 (0)40 797172-0

Dr. Xaver Schratt from GBA Pharma Labs speaking at Impurities Forum 2019.
On June 26th and 27th the Impurities Forum will take place in Prague. The focus is on ‘General Strategies for Investigation and Control’ as well as ‘Elemental Impurities and Genotoxic Impurities’.Part I of the event is designed to provide a comprehensive review of impurities analysis and characterisation in drug substances and drug products and their recording and reporting. In Part II of the Impurities Forum the key principles of the ICH Q3D Guideline will be highlighted. You will get to know the essential aspects and approaches of determining and controlling elemental impurities in drug products. Moreover you will hear about recent developments regarding the control of Mutagenic Impurities according to ICH M7. Post-Conference Workshops provide a deep dive into the topics and discussions with the experts. more close
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