The ASL is under the extension function arm of the Institute of Chemistry. It is primarily a teaching and instructional laboratory of the Institute for the chemical instrumentation courses and other chemistry courses where instrumentation is a requirement. The ASL extends its analytical services to both government and private customers.
ASL carries out its testing activities in a manner that meets the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17025:2005. The ASL was granted its first ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation in May 2009 and was renewed in June 2014.