Government Decontamination Service (GDS)
The UK Government Decontamination Service is provided by The Food and Environment Research Agency.
The Government Decontamination Service was set up as an independent agency in October 2005, and became part of The Food and Environment Research Agency in April 2009.
The service helps the UK prepare for the recovery following a deliberate act involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials, or an accidental release of hazardous materials (HAZMAT) in excess of local capability and/or knowledge.
We do this by providing advice, guidance, management support and access to a Framework specialist suppliers able to carry out decontamination operations, and we ensure that responsible authorities have ready access to these services should the need arise.