Strategy document supporting the Government Chemist programme for the period 2017–2020 and the basis for longer term development
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The Government Chemist programme is delivered as part of the National Measurement System programme portfolio overseen by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. This document details the final specification of projects that have been reviewed and endorsed by the Government Chemist Programme Expert Group, an independent panel of experts who guide the work of the Government Chemist.
This strategy has been developed, following a comprehensive stakeholder consultation, to identify the most important issues in food regulation that the Government Chemist may need to address in the short term.
To this effect, new work is proposed to build capability including in molecular biology (next generation sequencing) and protein mass spectrometry. Looking forward, ground work is proposed to prepare a future Government Chemist for disputes arising from widespread application of point of use technologies – “the consumer as analyst”.
This strategy document seeks to ensure that the Government Chemist function continues to be delivered effective and sensitively.