Training Courses

  • Safe food for tomorrow’s world

    28/04/2021 - Webinar

    This conference was originally scheduled to take place in June 2020 and was postponed to June 2021 as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. In view of the ongoing restrictions for public events, we have decided to proceed with this conference as an online event which will take place on 23rd and 24th June 2021. Scientists, regulators, enforcement agencies, industry and policy makers are invited to join the Government Chemist on a virtual platform to discuss future challenges in the manufacturing, packaging, retailing and testing of food that is safe and consumers can trust. The conference programme will include national and international perspectives on assuring food safety and integrity, advances and challenges in allergen testing, the use of science for improved consumer protection and much more.

    This conference was originally scheduled to take place in June 2020 and was postponed to June 2021 as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. In view of the ongoing restrictions for public events, we have decided to proceed with this conference as an online event which will take place on 23rd and 24th June 2021. The conference will be opened by Gideon Henderson, Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra after a brief introduction by Dr Julian Braybrook, Government Chemist. Scientists, regulators, enforcement agencies, industry and policy makers are invited to join the Government Chemist on a virtual platform to discuss future challenges in the manufacturing, packaging, retailing and testing of food that is safe and consumers can trust. The conference programme will include national and international perspectives on assuring food safety and integrity, advances and challenges in allergen testing, the use of science for improved consumer protection and much more. Click here for the programme and to register. You can also visit http://www.gov.uk/governmentchemist and sign up for emails to be updated of changes in the programme. You can also follow us: @NML_ChemBioGC for updates, #GCconf2021

  • Webinar on fish speciation for food authenticity

    15/01/2021 - Webinar

    This is the first webinar in the Quarterly Webinar Series of the Joint Knowledge Transfer Framework for Food Standards and Food Safety Analysis, a cross-government project (funded by Defra, FSA, FSS and the Government Chemist) aimed at disseminating knowledge from government funded research to stakeholders to support UK laboratory capability and promote best practice in food safety and standards analysis. The webinar will take place on 3 February 2021, 14:00 (GMT) and will be presented by Dr Timothy Wilkes.

    Dr Wilkes has over 20 years' experience in the field of genetic research in academic and industrial sectors. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in the use of microarrays and qPCR technology for applications ranging from cancer diagnostics and functional gene analysis to food authenticity. The webinar will be introduced by Selvarani Elahi MBE, Deputy Government Chemist and will be followed by a Q&A session. Further details and a link for registration can be found here; https://www.gov.uk/government/news/webinar-on-fish-speciation-for-food-authenticity

  • Residential course on the analysis and examination of food and feed

    03/02/2020 - Reading University

    The Association of Public Analysts (APA) Educational Trust and the Government Chemist Programme in LGC organise an annual RSC-approved, fully residential week long postgraduate course on the analysis and examination of food and feed. The course will take place from 30 March to 3 April. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/analysis-and-examination-of-foods-postgraduate-course-2020

  • “Food Safety - It’s a Risky Business”

    01/07/2019 - New Adelphi, University Road, Salford, M5 4BR

    In the context of risk control, and the current news and science surrounding allergies, this conference will hear expert speakers discuss and debate the latest thinking on risks involved in producing, delivering and consuming safe food. Speakers will provide a broad overview of food safety and the risks involved in producing, delivering and consuming safe food, focusing on allergies, food fraud and novel foods.

  • Analysis & Examination of Food - Reading: 1 - 5 April 2019

    07/01/2019 - Reading University

    Annual APA Training Course for canditates studying for MChemA qualification

    Accommodation is in hotel standard bedrooms in the Cedars Conference Centre, Building 55 at C4 on the map. If you are arriving on Sunday please let me know well beforehand (so we can book a room for you for Sunday night). Lectures / practical sessions Lectures during the day and in the evening will be in a Seminar Room in Cedars and practical sessions in Food BioSciences – Building 47 Reference D4 on the map. The laboratory is on the top floor. Parking For those arriving by car, you should go to the Cedars Conference Centre Car Park. Parking is limited on the campus and requires permits. A permit will be provided. Meals Breakfast is served in the Eat at the Square on Central Whiteknights campus which is located at Building 7, on the attached map. This building is accessible from Cedars. You are free to obtain your own lunch which is available at various outlets on campus, which range from sit down meals to sandwich bars. On Wednesday however, we will be providing lunch in the Seminar room. Evening meals are provided in Park House. The bar facilities on campus should be open throughout the week.

  • Jelly confectionery: a choking hazard?

    19/12/2018 - LGC, Queens Road, Teddington Middlesex, TW11 0LY

    Building on previous joint Defra, FSA, FSS and Government Chemist Knowledge Transfer (KT) events delivered by LGC, this workshop is one in a new series of government funded events. It will focus on providing advice, guidance and practical knowledge on assessing the conformity of confectionerymitems to the Regulation definition of jelly mini-cups.

    For full details see attached flyer

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