Trainee public analysts attend week-long course

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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Picture: Government Chemist. Niki Georgousi, and Paul Evans watch Emma Downie setting up the microscope
Picture: Government Chemist. Niki Georgousi, and Paul Evans watch Emma Downie setting up the microscope

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Scientists from UK public analyst laboratories learnt practical analytical skills in food analysis during a course organised by the Government Chemist programme.

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.

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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