Training Courses

  • 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.

  • FERA Contact Materials Workshop

    02/03/2014 - FERA

    A one day Contact Materials Workshop

  • ANALYSIS AND EXAMINATION OF FOODS 2014 (28th April to 2nd May)

    28/04/2014 - UNIVERSITY OF READING

    The next annual course at the University of Reading will take place in the week of 28th April – 2nd May 2014. 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 2013 will find this course particularly useful. A report on the 2013 residential course is at and gives a flavour of the event. 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 • £895* 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 £200*. *+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 11 April 2014. The APA Educational Trust would like to acknowledge with thanks assistance from the National Measurement Office Government Chemist Programme and the Analytical Trust Fund.

  • Measurement Uncertainty Course 25th-26th February 2014

    05/02/2014 - LGC, Queens Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LY, UK

    LGC are running a measurement uncertainty course at Teddington on 25-26 February and can offer a limited number of places to APA members

    Details of the course are at:

  • Expert Witness Seminar 14th February 2014

    05/02/2014 - Royal Society of Chemistry, London Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BA

    This seminar follows from a successful session at ‘Reading 2012’ and will take the form of a ‘Court Interactive’.

    The session will begin with a brief introduction and then take each ‘case’ in the order decided by the bench. Decisions of the Bench are binding on the day. See attached flyer for full details. Registration form also attached.

  • DNA extraction seminar (approaches to support food labelling enforcement) 5th March 2014

    05/02/2014 - LGC, Queens Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LY, UK

    To provide practical advice, guidance and training to support the isolation of high quality DNA from a range of different tissue types and matrices.

    DNA-based techniques have proved powerful in combating food fraud and assuring food authenticity. Following a series of successful Defra/FSA Knowledge Transfer (KT) events held at LGC’s Headquarters in South West London (Teddington), LGC will be hosting a further KT event to provide Public Analysts with best practice guidance and to disseminate knowledge within this critical area.

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