The use of analytical techniques by numerous research groups from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), and by different companies and technology centres from the milieu is becoming more and more common, with growing requirements in terms of precision, accuracy and sensitivity, etc. Numerous areas of industry, services and public institutions are warning about the need to carry out analytical determinations with totally different aims and objectives. Thus, these companies and institutions are making major financial investment with this in mind, either by purchasing the necessary instrumentation or by outsourcing the relevant chemical analyses.
Within the university milieu, the use of analytical techniques is demanded by numerous research groups from different areas of knowledge. The use of a General Service significantly facilitates the management and use of the analytical techniques available. This General Service emerged with the aim of providing back-up for research, being at the disposal of the University itself, public institutions and companies. The infrastructure it possesses enables a great variety of problems to be dealt with in the field of research and technological development. Attention should also be drawn to the fact that this Central Analysis Service improves the use of existing infrastructures, which contributes towards better returns on resources and, therefore, towards a reduction in expenditure in this area by the University of the Basque Country / EHU.