Training Courses

  • One Day Conference Accredited and Traceable Measurements in Food Laboratories

    19/09/2013 - Hauser Forum, University of Cambridge

    The British Measurement and Testing Association -One Day Conference - Accredited and Traceable Measurements in Food Laboratories To be held at the Hauser Forum, University of Cambridge on 6 November 2013. Cost £190 including lunch. Speakers from LGC, Fera, Schneider Electric and Newcastle University. Full details can be found on attached booking form.

    BMTA presents two separate event streams covering respectively accredited and traceable measurements in medical/clinical and in food laboratories. The UKAS presentations will emphasise the importance of accreditation and traceability for food and medical laboratories and a review will be given of changes and developments at UKAS. After the keynote UKAS presentation, delegates will be able to take part in either the Food or Medical event and then come together at the end of the day for a review of the proceedings. The Food Programme is presented at a time when the ‘horsemeat scandal’ has highlighted the need to know the exact constituents of processed food products. In one of the presentations, LGC will look at the need for reference materials and proficiency testing to address urgent issues that arise in the food industry. Representatives of FERA and Schneider Electric will discuss traceability and authenticity in foods and detection and quantification of horsemeat in food products. Future quality control requirements will be discussed by a representative of the Newcastle University Human Nutrition Research Centre.

  • Evaluating Measurement Uncertainty for Chemical Testing Laboratories

    17/09/2013 - LGC, Teddington

    LGC measurement uncertainty course, 15-16 October, reduced fees for APA delegates – booking form attached.

  • Advances in Food Safety Analysis eSeminar

    17/09/2013 - eSeminar

    Standards for food analysis and Allergen testing and best practice for allergen management.

    The Allergen seminar features Michael Walker (LGC, UK)
    Allergen Management in the Food Industry, Bert Pöpping (Eurofins, Netherlands)
    Food Allergen Testing: Why We Need Better Method, Mark Sykes (FERA, UK)
    Interpretation of Proficiency Test Results in Food Analysis, Michael Walker (LGC, UK).
    These webinars are free to register for and information is that they will be run again - see

  • LGC PCR Seminar

    17/09/2013 - The event will be held at LGC’s headquarters in Teddington, South West London.

    As a continuation to the successful Defra/FSA Knowledge Transfer event series delivered at LGC (Teddington), this additional Knowledge Transfer event will cover the use of real-time PCR technology in food authenticity testing as applied to meat species identification and determination of pasta adulteration.

    This Knowledge Transfer event will:
    • Provide a brief review of real-time PCR • Summarise the advantages and limitations behind the technique • Describe the application of real-time PCR to help: – Identify meat species – Test for pasta adulteration
    • Give guidance on use of relevant SOPs and how to interpret results • Discuss the need for a shared agreed reporting format Developed following enquires from Public Analysts and related laboratory personnel, this Knowledge Transfer event will provide participants with advice, guidance and best practice on the application of real-time PCR for particular food authenticity issues.
    Presentations will be delivered by leading experts in the field from LGC, Fera and Premier Analytical Services. The event is open to all Public Analysts and their senior relevant staff, and will provide an opportunity to network, share experiences and discuss specific issues.
    Knowledge Transfer event information: • Jointly funded by Defra and the FSA • Participation is free to Public Analyst laboratories and their relevant staff • Lunch and refreshments will be provided • Laboratories are invited to register their interest using the contact details below
    Course Venue The course will be held at LGC’s headquarters in Teddington, South West London. The venue is conveniently located for travel by car (easily accessible from the M3, M4 and M25), rail (30 minutes direct from London Waterloo) or air (30 minutes by taxi from Heathrow airport).
    Contact To register your interest in this course, or for further information, please contact: Malcolm Burns .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Tel: 0208 943 8452
    Timothy Wilkes .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Tel: 0208 943 7493
    LGC, Queens Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LY, UK Web:

  • Combatting Adulteration in Meat Products - Effective Control and Enforcement

    25/04/2013 - Marsh Farm Hotel, Coped Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 8ER (near J16 M4)

    This one day workshop has been arranged by Food and Farming Compliance to provide an update on the horsemeat fraud saga. This workshop will explore the context of failure of the EU food industry to impose appropriate control measures in the meat supply chain and will identify the role of the Regulatory Authorities to minimise the risk.

    See attached file for full detals

  • Analysis and Examination of Foods 2013

    10/04/2013 - Reading

    The next annual course at the University of Reading will take place in the week of 29 April – 3rd May 2013. 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 2012 will find this course particularly useful. A report on the 2012 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 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 12 April 2013. The APA Educational Trust would like to acknowledge with thanks assistance from the National Measurement Office Government Chemist Programme and the Analytical Trust Fund.

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