About us

Welcome to the Centre for Human Metabolomics

The Centre for Human Metabolomics (CHM) of the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom Campus, in coherence with the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) (https://www.tia.org.za/), has boldly ventured out to meet the demands of the Health sector through passion, innovation and a sound analytical service, using state-of-the –art and cutting edge approaches.

The National Metabolomics Platform (NMP), the commercially driven Platform of the CHM, fulfils a niche in the South African Health sector by providing effective and efficient Metabolomic Analytic Services which is internationally competitive.

The NMP is aligning itself with International Standards ISO 17025 (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories) and ISO 9000 (Quality management), ensuring the highest confidence in its results. To facilitate this process the NMP has set sail toward becoming a paperless institution through the acquisition of a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The NMP LIMS system holds the capability of directly sending high priority electronic results straight to Health-Care Practitioners, putting our Doctors in a position to receive the much needed infrastructure for a speedy response.

The NMP is in collaboration with the oldest Biochemistry Laboratory in South Africa, Potchefstroom’s Laboratory for Inborn Errors of Metabolism (PLIEM), the New-born Screening (NBS) Laboratory as well as the Biotransformation and Oxidative Stress Laboratory (BOSS), working together to promote the South African economy and exploiting scientific technological advancements which will benefit all.