Together with the analytical laboratory, this unit is responsible for assessing the quality of Ceylon Tea prior to auction or export. Its panel of independent tasters also undertakes, for comparison purposes, the assessment of teas imported into Sri Lanka from elsewhere.
The unit’s imprimatur is essential for any tea, packed or branded anywhere in the world, that carries the Lion logo.
Franchise rights to the use of this logo are only awarded to firms whose products meet not only the specific legal requirements of the Lion logo scheme but which also pass the taste test. It also undertakes price ratification and issues quality certificates for teas exported to Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union.
In addition, the unit serves a marketing and public-relations function by conducting tea-tasting sessions and classes in tea-making to hotels and other tourism-related institutions.