Training Courses

  • Advances in Food Safety Analysis eSeminar – Contaminants, Toxins & Allergens

    22/09/2016 -

    An online eSeminar focusing on new methods and applications in food safety analysis – particularly for analysis of contaminants, toxins and allergens.


    16/02/2016 - Reading

  • The application of real-time PCR for food authenticity testing inclusive of the quantitation of Equine DNA

    12/06/2015 - LGC (Teddington)

    LGC will be running a further Knowledge Transfer event on the application of real-time PCR for food authenticity testing inclusive of the quantitation of Equine DNA. This is scheduled to take place on Thursday 17th September at LGC (Teddington), and represents a joint event held by Defra and the Government Chemist.

    This joint Knowledge Transfer event will address the two separate topics of i) a real-time PCR method for quantitation of horse DNA; ii) best measurement practice guidance for the application of real-time PCR for food authenticity testing in general. The morning session will be focused primarily on the quantitation of horse DNA using the method supported by Defra Project FA0135 and developed at LGC, and the afternoon session will be focused on identifying issues associated with food authenticity testing using real-time PCR, inclusive of interactive discussions (please see attached) The Knowledge Transfer event will be held on Thursday 17th September. Participation is free for Public Analyst laboratories and associated staff, and refreshments and lunch will be provided. We would very much welcome your participation in this course, the registration for which is now open and on-line at

  • Environmental Contaminants Webinar (28th-30th April)

    03/03/2015 -

    A further series of webinars is planned for 28th & 30th April, 2015 on Environmental Contaminants, again in collaboration with Separation Science and Thermo Fisher Scientific. This online eSeminar focuses on the analysis of environmental contaminants and takes place in four 2 hr sessions, one each on 28 & 30 April. Registration is free although a pro forma must be completed.

    PROGRAMME - 28 APRIL, 2015
    Determination of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Food/Feed Samples Jordi Díaz Ferrero (Group IQS for Food and Environmental Safety, IQS, Spain)
    Veterinary Residues – Testing Times for Laboratories Liam Gormley (LGC, UK)
    Triumphs and Challenges of High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry in Comprehensive Pesticide Residue Screens Mark Crosswhite (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, USA)
    Advances in Pesticide Analysis Methods for Food from Animal Origin Ralf Lippold (EU Reference Laboratory for Pesticides in Food of Animal Origin, Germany)
    PROGRAMME - 30 APRIL, 2015
    Mycotoxins – Sampling, Regulation and Analysis, the European Context Michael Walker (LGC, UK)
    Accurate Quantification of Mycotoxins in Food using LC-MS/MS Elisabeth Varga (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria)
    HPLC-MS/MS Method for the Measurement of Insecticide Degradation Products in Baby Food Samantha Radford (Saint Francis University, USA)
    Multi-Allergen Detection in Thermally-Processed Baked Goods by Mass Spectrometry Christine H. Parker (Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, USA)
    To register go to


    26/02/2015 - UNIVERSITY OF READING

    The next annual course at the University of Reading will take place in the week of 20th April – 24th April 2015. This informative and very enjoyable (though demanding) week of lectures and interactive workshops is highly recommended by the APA Training Committee. It is excellent preparation and professional development for senior laboratory and reporting staff in Public Analysts’ laboratories.

    The course programme is on a two year rolling cycle covering most aspects of the Mastership in Chemical Analysis , MChemA, syllabus. Attendance is essential preparation for those intending to sit the qualification examinations for the statutory MChemA administered by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Those delegates who attended in 2014 will find this course particularly useful. Owing to the generous sponsorship of the FSA the course is free to the first delegate from each UK (and associated) Official Food Control (Public Analyst) laboratory site. If there are any spare places, these will be offered as follows: • To subsequent delegates from UK OFC (Public Analysts) labs – fee on application • £1200* per person for non UK OFC labs or any industry or commercial labs who may be interested in sending delegates • Daily rates are also available, typically £300*. *+VAT Please note - this course will be very popular. Places will be strictly limited to 20. Further Details: Further information available by e-mailing APA Training Officer .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Closing date for registration is 2 April 2015. The APA Educational Trust would like to acknowledge with thanks assistance from the National Measurement Office Government Chemist Programme, FSA, Defra and the Analytical Trust Fund.

  • REACH and CPL training for Public Analysts

    18/09/2014 - The Lodge, IET, Austin Court, Birmingham

    A free seminar to discuss enforcement issues with current chemical regulations will take place on 19 March 2015. placeholder Scientists, trading standards officers, enforcement agencies, manufacturers and importers are invited to join the Government Chemist at the Lodge, IET Birmingham, to discuss regulatory challenges and the role of measurement science and technology in chemical regulation. The seminar ‘REACH and CLP enforcement: measurement and related issues for Public Analysts and Enforcement Authorities’ includes discussions on checking compliance with CLP and CHIP in the laboratory, and safety data sheets. It also covers the importance of measurement science and technology in effective regulation and the role of the Environment Agency in enforcing REACH.

    REACH dossiers, CLP notifications, safety data sheets and high quality regulatory services all have one thing in common - they rely on the effective use of scientific inputs, including sound measurement strategies and complementary techniques. Coherent data sourcing and interpretation have a vital part to play. To offer the widest possible networking opportunities in this field, we bring together scientists and business planners from both enforcement bodies and those they enforce, REACH and CLP specialists and regulatory stakeholders.

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