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FAPAS® NEWS (22/02/2008)

Our Newsletter is now available - download here.

FAPAS® OPEN MEETING - 17 June 2008 (21/02/2008)

Provisional Programme available from the CSL website: www.csl.gov.uk/training/ (register on this website - search open meeting in product search)

LEAP, FAPAS, FEPAS and GeMMA 08/09 Programme now available to order on line (08/02/2008)

Or request order forms as pdf or paper forms by emailing fapas@csl.gov.uk. If you usually order via a local agent you should request a copy from them.

EVENTS AT CSL – June 2008 (31/01/2008)

FAPAS® Open Meeting (register on this website - search open day in product search) CSL/JIFSAN Symposium - Developing responses to emerging global food safety issues CSL/FAPAS® Training Courses For further details of these events visit the CSL website: www.csl.gov.uk/training/ or contact our Training Manager, Helen Crevald - foodtraining@csl.gov.uk

EPPO Quality Assurance Workshop for Plant Pest Diagnosis (10/12/2007)

Hello to everyone I met at the workshop last week. If you want to be kept informed about further developments in our plant health proficiency tests please send an email to fapas@csl.gov.uk and we'll add you to our mailing list. Kate

FAPAS/CSL TRAINING COURSES (31/10/2007)

Details of the 2007 Training Programme are available from the CSL website For further or queries, please contact the Training Manager, Helen Crevald - foodtraining@csl.gov.uk

UK Postal Strikes (10/10/2007)

Royal Mail (the UK Postal system) are continuing with a further set of strikes during October 2007. Your test material may therefore take a little longer to reach you than usual. However if your material has not arrived in 10 days (or 4 days if it was sent by courier) you must let us know so that we can keep the disruption to tests to a minimum.

New Proficiency Test for Authenticity of Olive Oil, October 2007 (30/08/2007)

Participants will receive three oil samples and will be asked to confirm if the labelling of these three samples is correct. e.g. one may be labelled as Extra Virgin Olive Oil but it may contain hazel nut oil and extra virgin olive oil. Laboratories would have to tell us if the label was correct i.e. if it was pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil using any analytical method that they think is suitable. If you are interested please register online (test 1466) or contact us for an order form. The test will start on 9 October 2007.

FAPAS Closed for Staff Training Thursday 20 September (18/08/2007)

The FAPAS office will be closed for staff training on Thursday 20 September - if you have a query on this day please send us an email and we will answer you as quickly as we can on Friday when the office re-opens.

Quality Control Test Material Sales – Increase in postage costs (25/07/2007)

From August 1 2007, due to increases in the prices charged by UK Royal Mail, we will be including a postage charge for all our Quality Control Test Material Sales. The charges depend on the order value and where you are in the world. The changes will be reflected on our website from 1 August 2007– all FAPAS® quotes issued prior to this will be valid for 30 days. The costs of our proficiency tests are unaffected. For more details on our postage charges see QC Materials - Carriage Prices

GeMMA - DNA Tests (20/03/2007)

Due to requests from participants (and the recent GM rice outbreak) GeMMA has increased the variety of traits available. DNA proficiency tests are now available for GM rice, canola (oil seed rape), maize, potato and cotton. Participants will receive two 10ug DNA test materials for qualitative and quantitative analysis. Traits available are LLRice62 RT73 Canola Ms8 Canola Rf3 Canola T25 Maize EH92-527-1 Potato Bollgard 531 Cotton The first test is for LLRice62 and is due to start 24 May 2007. If you are interested please contact us or your agent for a GeMMA order form by 30 March.

Yorkshire Water Sludge Phyto-Conditioning (SPC) Process Seminar on 15 May, Shipley, UK (19/03/2007)

This meeting will commence with three presentations outlining the background to the SPC process; how it was developed and the various future potential developments of this novel process which currently produces 5000 tonnes tds per annum of the SPC product. This will be followed by a tour of the process on the Esholt works with an optional tour of the Esholt sewage works Freshwater Fisheries (FFD) improvements. Esholt sewage works treats sewage for a population equivalent of 700,000. It is one of the largest sewage works in Yorkshire. Delegates will then return to the Esholt Conference Centre for tea/coffee and a final open discussion session to answer any queries or raise any relevant issues.Please see: www.http://www.soci.org/SCI/events/

New Proficiency Test Programme Commences 02/04/2007 (18/03/2007)

Our new FAPAS, FEPAS, GeMMA and LEAP programmes begin shortly please make sure we have received your order for the new year. You can order online or request paper forms and further details from fapas@csl.gov.uk

FAPAS Website and Email Planned Disruption 25-28 May (17/03/2007)

Essential maintenance must be carried out on the CSL IT servers over the weekend of 25-28 May. This will result in www.fapas.com being unavailable during some or all of this time, it is also possible that you will not be able to reach us by email during this period. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

3rd TRACE CONFERENCE, Crete, April 2007 (06/03/2007)

The 3rd TRACE conference "Traceability: persepectives from science, the supply chain and the consumer" will take place in Crete from 25-27 April 2007. The conference will showcase the latest developments in the area of food authentication and traceability. Details can be found at www.trace.eu.org/je/greece/index.php

Proficiency Test Details for 2007/8 now available (02/01/2007)

FAPAS, FEPAS, GeMMA and LEAP programmes are now available to browse and order online or through your local agent. Paper order forms also available - please contact us.

Best Wishes for 2007 (01/01/2007)

from everyone at FAPAS

Secure Web Back Up and Running 16:30 (15/12/2006)

We have been informed that the problems with our website have now been fixed. We have extended the closing date for tests that finished on the 14 or 15 December to 21 December and apologise for the inconvenience caused. If you have sent us an e-mail and received an undelivered message you will need to e-mail us again. We will try to answer all the messages that have now got through as soon as possible.

FAPAS are Highly Commended at Defra Team Awards (12/12/2006)

The FAPAS team were recently recognised in the Excellence in Delivery Category in the awards given by our parent department - Defra. The award was presented to Dr Amanda Earnshaw by Permanent Secretary, Mrs Helen Ghosh. The award was given for our on-line results submission system and its underlying database as well as the positive response we received from our customers in our customer satisfaction survey.

12:53 SecureWeb offline (01/12/2006)

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the secure website due to problems with our service provider. We have raised this issue with them and hope to have it fixed shortly.

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