Corporate report

Government Chemist Annual Review 2018

Referee casework, research projects, advice and impact of work carried out by the Government Chemist team


Government Chemist Annual Review 2018

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The Government Chemist Annual Review provides highlights from the referee cases, advisory work and research carried out during the year.

2018 was a year of change for the Government Chemist function, with the stepping down of Dr Derek Craston after a ten-year tenure as Government Chemist, and the appointment of Dr Julian Braybrook as the new Government Chemist.

This is the first Review under Julian’s guidance and, as well as detailing the referee casework, includes a look forward to future challenges, such as “the consumer as analyst”, and provides highlights of the scientific research performed to build capabilities in important areas. It also details the work done to address the need for broader engagement with stakeholders, ultimately ensuring the impact of the Government Chemist work benefits all interested parties.

For more information about the work of the Government Chemist contact:

Government Chemist

Queens Road
TW11 0LY

Published 24 July 2019