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GC offers RSC-approved postgraduate course

The GC Programme organises an annual, fully residential week-long postgraduate course on the analysis and examination of food and feed.

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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 3 to 7 April 2017.

See attached programme for full details.

Analysis and examination of foods postgraduate course

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The course, over a two year cycle, offers a distinctive learning experience, validated by active practitioners in the APA Training Committee, with unique features:

  • a vibrant mix of lectures, laboratory practical sessions and interactive exercises
  • wide range of experts, not found together elsewhere
  • up to date teaching of safety (chemical and microbiological), authenticity, analysis and the law of food, water, feeding-stuffs and fertilisers
  • professional networking with peer group and leading experts, National Reference Laboratories, senior academic researchers and policy officials
  • alignment with the MChemA* syllabus
  • practical and relevant training in microscopy and mycology
  • interactive exercises including ‘expert witness’ role play mentored by experienced court going scientists.

*The MChemA (Mastership in Chemical Anaysis) is the statutory qualification prescribed to practice as a Public Analyst by the Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations 2013

Who is this course for?

This course is particularly appropriate for aspiring MChemA candidates but will also be valuable for anyone working in a Public Analysts’ or food /animal feed laboratory who wishes to equip themselves with additional skills.

Course details

Topics included in the course are food fraud, food labelling, the Defra Food Authenticity programme, food allergen analysis, advanced DNA testing, certificate and report writing and sessions on fertilisers and feedingstuffs. An evening interactive session offers training in court technique for the expert witness, with role play and mentoring by experienced court going scientists, before a bench including a former Magistrate.

The accommodation will be in University hotel grade bedrooms with breakfast and evening meals taking place in ‘The Cedars’, located centrally on Reading University Campus. The teaching will take place in seminar rooms and laboratories.

Booking information

If you are not able to join us for the whole week, do not hesitate to consider daily attendance. To this end Wednesday 5th April has a slightly later start with a particularly varied and relevant programme.

Return the completed registration form (MS Word Document, 21.2KB) to walkermj@ntlworld.com to book the course

For any queries about the course or the activities of the Government Chemist please contact

Government Chemist

Queens Road
Teddington
TW11 0LY

Published 9 February 2017