ARCTEC (Arthropod Control Product Test Centre) is a world-leading independent centre for the evaluation and development of novel arthropod and pest control technologies.

Who are we?

ARCTEC is a Centre of Excellence in Entomology and Vector Control:

  • Powering innovation in insecticidal and repellent products: ARCTEC has enabled more than 300 product innovations.
  • Driving public awareness on best practices to protect from vector-borne diseases: our public outreach programmes include a wide range of health awareness, education and training campaigns, and ARCTEC is one of the founding members of the Global Vector Hub, in partnership with WHO, CDC and the Global Health Network.
  • World-class research: ARCTEC expertise has been recognised through multiple awards and prestigious grants, including the EU Malaria Consortium, Fred Hollows Foundation, and Innovate UK.
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We conduct independent testing of repellents, insecticides, traps and lures for the public health, veterinary and pest control sectors, against a variety of arthropod species including mosquitoes, bed bugs, ticks, sand flies, house dust mites, ants, fleas, head lice, cockroaches, wasps, and houseflies.

Beyond our testing capabilities, we offer a range of consultancy services, study design oversight, training and education on vector control, and co-ordination of community-based intervention trials in disease-endemic countries.

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State-of-the-art facilities

Our specialist facilities at the School include controlled-environment laboratories and insect behaviour suites designed for testing of insecticides, repellents, traps, lures and other arthropod control products.

We also have access to brand new insectaries where we rear and maintain 12 different mosquito strains (including insecticide-susceptible and resistant strains), house flies, sand flies, house dust mites and other arthropod species.

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Expert and experienced scientists

Our highly-skilled team of trial managers, research scientists, entomologists and clinicians have many years of academic and industrial experience in the laboratory and field, including disease-endemic settings.

We also ensure all of our staff members are fully trained in Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) regulations and processes.

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Get in touch

Whatever your query may be – whether just a speculative question, or you have a product that needs testing – we would love to hear from you!

To request a quote, please complete our online enquiry form, call us on +44 (0)207 927 2883 or email us at

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