APA News

  • Successful APA Training Course

    23 May 2017

    A course entitled "Analysis & Examination of Food" run by the Government Chemist and the APA Educational Trust held last month at the University of Reading proved to be a great success with the participants. This postgraduate course had the focus and sense of enjoyment that characterises a good summer school. The sunshine and verdant Reading campus also helped. The commitment of the delegates to long days of intense learning, the dedication and expertise of the lecturers and good organisation made it the success it was. Thirteen delegates, all experienced scientists in their own right, benefited from the course. Mainly from UK Public Analyst Laboratories the intake had an international flavour with two scientists from Gibraltar and one from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China. All delegate feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The course, over a two year cycle, offers a distinctive learning experience, validated by active practitioners in the APA Training Committee, with unique features

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  • Peter Holliday MChemA FRSC 1927 – 2017

    03 April 2017

    It is with great sadness that the Association announces that Peter Holliday died peacefully at his home on 2nd April 2017.

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  • Kent Public Analyst identifies health risk from counterfeit tobacco

    31 March 2017

    In a recent news item on the BBC website, Kent Public Analyst & APA President Jon Griffin commented on the health risks associated with counterfeit cigarettes being sold on Facebook. The story is due to feature on BBC South East tonight (Friday 31st March)

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  • Jon Griffin addresses Kent Local Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry

    27 March 2017

    APA President Jon Griffin recently spoke to the Kent Local Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The talk which was given on Thursday 23rd March was titled "The Role of the Public Analyst-Food Safety for Thought" and covered the history of the Public Analyst, the UK network of Public Analyst laboratories, the scope of work carried out and an insight into the way the laboratories protect the public from the food they eat and those who may adulterate it potentially causing harm.

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  • Death of Ron Nicolson MChemA FRSC 1930-2017

    17 March 2017

    It is with great sadness that the Association announces that Ron Nicolson died on 12th March 2017 at the age of 87. Ron was President of the APA from 1988 – 1990.

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  • APA President discusses the role of Public Analysts with Plymouth University students

    04 March 2017

    APA president Jon Griffin, recently spoke to students at Plymouth University as part of a series of Royal Society of Chemistry lectures. The talk covered the history of the Public Analyst role, the network of labs, the range of analysis carried out and the techniques involved as well as the route through the MChemA qualification and the future of the service.

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