The course, held at the University of Reading, is the only dedicated formal teaching available to scientists studying for the Mastership in Chemical Analysis (MchemA), the statutory qualification required to practice as a public analyst.
It included practical lab sessions on mycology, an interactive part on providing evidence as an expert witness, lectures on the regulation of pesticides and sessions on food authenticity and fraud.
The annual event had sessions hosted by practicing public analysts and guest lecturers from Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs.
Michael Walker, consultant referee analyst for the Government Chemist programme, organised it on behalf of the Association of Public Analysts Educational Trust.
The Food Standards Agency was the main sponsor, with Defra and the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund providing financial support.
- Michael Walker is a member of our four-person panel on the Food Fraud Forum which takes place on May 27.