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ADVANCE WARNING Resolved (14/05/2010)

Due to scheduled maintenance both our public website and SecureWeb will be unavailable from: 10:00 on 30/5/2010 until 08:00 on 31/5/2010 UK time.

11th Annual Fera/JIFSAN Symposium - 16th - 18th June 2010 (13/05/2010)

Hosted by Fera, in collaboration with the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), this symposium will focus on Detection Technologies for Intentionally Added Adulterants/Contaminants. For the event flyer and the application form please follow the following link www.fera.defra.gov.uk

Continued Distruption by Volcanic Ash (12/05/2010)

The ash from the icelandic volcano continues to disrupt some international flights and so may delay the arrival of your test material. Please contact us within the usual timescales if your material has not arrived.

FAPAS Office Closed - 3 May (30/04/2010)

We will be closed for the UK Bank Holiday on Monday 3 May. The office will re-open on 4 May.

Problem with automatic emailing of AWB numbers (28/04/2010)

At the beginning of the week we had problems with the automatic emailing of DHL AWBs to customers. This has now been rectified but means that you will need to log into your account to track your parcel. Please let us know if your parcel has not arrived within 4 days of the advertised dispatch date.

Distribution of FAPAS Test Materials (23/04/2010)

From Tuesday 27 April we will re-commence distributing our proficiency test materials in accordance with the advertised schedule. We will be contacting participants who have enrolled in a delayed test as soon as we have a new dispatch date. Please contact us if you have not received a proficiency test material that you are expecting and/or have not received any information regarding a delay/reschedule. We will also re-commence sending out Quality Control material orders on this date.

Continuing Delay for delivery of FAPAS Test Materials (21/04/2010)

Although the restriction of flights from the UK has been lifted, the closure of UK airspace since last Thursday (15 April) continues to affect the distribution of our test materials by both mail and DHL courier. Participants will be notified by email if their material dispatch has been delayed so please make sure we have your up to date email address.

Delay for delivery of FAPAS Test Materials (19/04/2010)

The current restrictions across UK controlled airspace due to the volcanic ash cloud will remain in place until at least 0100 BST on Tuesday 20 April. We have cancelled all dispatches for Monday and Tuesday and we shall update you of any changes.

ADVANCE WARNING Resolved (09/04/2010)

Due to scheduled maintenance both our public website and SecureWeb will be unavailable on Tuesday 13th April between 18:00 and 19:00 UK time.

UPDATED PT programmes for 2010-11 (06/04/2010)

PDF copies of our new 2010-11 programmes for FAPAS, FEPAS, GeMMA Scheme & LEAP scheme are available by contacting us

FAPAS office closed for Easter Holiday (31/03/2010)

Please note that the FAPAS office will be closed because of the Easter Holiday from 13:00 on Thursday 1 April until 09:00 on Tuesday 6 April UK time

Authenticity of Basmati Rice - New for 2010 - 2011 (16/03/2010)

Basmati Rice proficiency tests are scheduled for dispatch on 14 April 2010 and 7 October 2010. Download more information here or contact us for more details.

ADVANCE WARNING Resolved (12/03/2010)

Due to scheduled maintenance both our public website and SecureWeb will be unavailable on Monday 15th March between 18:00 and 18:30 UK time.

ADVANCE WARNING Resolved (18/02/2010)

Due to scheduled maintenance both our public website and SecureWeb may be unavailable on Tuesday 23rd February between 17:00 and 22:00 UK time .

ADVANCE WARNING Resolved (14/12/2009)

Due to scheduled maintenance both our public website and SecureWeb will be unavailable overnight from 17:30 Wednesday 16th to 08:00 Thursday 17th December UK time.

ADVANCE WARNING 10/12/2009 Resolved (08/12/2009)

Due to scheduled maintenance both our public website and SecureWeb may be unavailable on Wednesday 9th December between 18:00 and 18:30

Problems with sending Airway Bill Numbers (02/12/2009)

We have been experiencing problems sending AWB numbers from our database. We are currently working on a fix. FEPAS 148, 02145 and EFF017 have all been dispatched on the normal dispatch date. If you have not received your test material within 4 working days then please contact fapas at info@fapas.com

New Techniques for Food Assurance and Traceability, Fera, York, UK 17th December 200 (25/11/2009)

This one day event aims to gather institutes and stakeholders of the food and beverage industries to inform decision makers of new techniques for food and beverage assurance and traceability. This FREE event (lunch included) will cover the following topics: new methods to verify the geographic origin of foods and beers, a novel technique to authenticate the species origin of gelatines, an innovative approach to verify the storage conditions of meat, existing procedures to verify feeding regimes in chicken. This workshop is part of the TRACE (Tracing the Origin of Food) FP6 research project, which is co-ordinated by Fera. Registration is required. Further information and registration details are available by clicking on the following link: http://www.trace.eu.org/admin/news/file/Trace%20workshop.pdf

ADVANCE WARNING (18/11/2009)

Due to scheduled maintenance both our public website and SecureWeb will be unavailable on Monday 23rd November between 07:00 and 09:00. During this short period you will only see a 'down for maintenance' notice.

Potential UK Postal Strike on 22/23 October 2009 (19/10/2009)

The 24-hour strikes will begin on 22 October. On the first day, mail centre staff and drivers will strike. The next day it will be delivery and collection staff. Tests 1485, 1564 and 2436 are due to be dispatched on these days so you may experience a delay in the arrival of your material. If your material has not arrived within 10 working days then please contact FAPAS in the normal manner.

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