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About US

Who we are

ISI is a completely independent, privately-owned scientific consulting laboratory that provides regulatory testing, and solutions to both unusual and common problems. Both our office and laboratory are located in the same building in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.  The business was founded in 1991 by Peter Child and James Ford and, from 2001, owned and managed by James Ford.  In 2021 ISI was acquired by Sira Shahrzad - Senior Chemist at ISI for 10 years, and Farzad Mirzaei.  Both Sira and Farzad hold Ph.D.s in Chemistry (Giessen, Germany) and have completed post doctoral fellowships in Japan and California before settling in Canada and gaining experience in toxicology as well as analytical and synthesis chemistry.  They not only continue ISI’s tradition of scientific problem solving but greatly enhances their chemistry consulting capability.  James Ford remains with ISI as Senior Consulting Scientist and can be contacted at his usual e-mail.


ISI employs highly-skilled scientists and expert chemists who bring a wide range of tools and we have the rare feature of a laboratory right on site. We pride ourselves on fully servicing our clients, from performing routine tests to finding answers to questions that you may not even know you need to ask. 


We have a multinational clientele base that comes to us from the fields of pharmaceutics, petro-chemical, pesticide, agrochemical, chemical manufacturing, government and forensics along with law firms, regulatory consultants, and industry groups. Our work has been accepted by regulatory agencies in Canada, the U.S.A., the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, China and Japan.


ISI runs a chemical laboratory equipped with Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometry and High Performance Liquid Chromatography systems. We routinely use a range of detectors, including scanning UV, diode array, refractive index, fluorescence and conductivity detectors. We have a full suite of extraction, wet chemistry, lab simulation and purification capability.

We are also available to work in the field, providing sampling at contaminated sites as well as in industrial, manufacturing, domestic, commercial and forensic settings.



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ISI has been continuously registered to ISO 9001 since 1996.  We were the first company of our kind in North America to carry this certification and we are proud to consistently maintain the standards that it demands of us. Our current certificate is available for viewing on our Registrations & Certificates page.


ISI also maintains an Establishment Licence (101391-A) from Health Canada, required for chemical testing and analysing pharmaceuticals that come both from within Canada and from our international clients.  Our current certificate is available for viewing on our Registrations & Certificates page.


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