Annual Training Conference, 28-29 January 2019, Leeds
The 2019 Annual Training Conference will be held at the Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds LS1 1PJ. The theme for the two-day training conference will be "Fatal Fire Master Class".
The final training programme will be confirmed; however, the topics and speakers will include:
The cost of the two-day conference is £295 (members booking before 1 January 2019), £350 (members booking after 1 January 2019), £590 (non-members).
The registration includes the two-day conference programme, Monday night accommodation with breakfast, conference dinner and refreshments throughout both days. Accommodation for Sunday 27 January 2019 can be booked via the Queens hotel. Please use the seminars link on the left menu of this webpage, or this link to book online: https://www.uk-afi.org/seminars/annual-training-conference-2019 or contact ocntact Chris Ward to book a place.
The parking at the venue is very restricted, as it's located in the city centre and delegates are recommended to travel to and from the venue via train. The venue is adjacent to Leeds Railway Station.
IAAI Board of Directors nomination
Claire Mansi, our past Director of Administration, was nominated to run for election to the IAAI Board of Directors at the IAAI ITC in Frisco, Texas. The IAAI Nominations Committee will consider her application along with others before the voting opens in the Spring of 2019. We hope that UK-AFI members who are IAAI International members will show their support by voting for her when the time comes.
Forensic Regulator shares information
The Forensic Regulator attended the UK-AFI Training Conference this week and shared some information about free resources that were available to assist in the adoption of Standards.
Regulator’s website www.gov.uk/government/organisations/forensic-science-regulator
Regulator’s Codes of Practice & Conduct: www.gov.uk/government/publications/forensic-science-providers-codes-of-p...
Additional validation guidance: www.gov.uk/government/publications/forensic-science-providers-validation
ILAC G19 international guidance on adoption of ISO 17025 and ISO 17020 for forensic science: http://ilac.org/latest_ilac_news/ilac-g19082014-published/UKAS RG-201:
Accreditation of Bodies Carrying out Scene of Crime Investigation https://www.ukas.com/download/publications/RG%20201.pdf
Government launches new Office for Product Safety and Standards
The government has announced the creation of a new national oversight body tasked with identifying consumer risks and managing responses to large-scale product recalls and repairs.
The new Office for Product Safety and Standards will enable the UK to meet the evolving challenges of product safety by responding to expanding international trade, the growth in online shopping and the increasing rate of product innovation.
Today’s announcement comes as part of the government’s response to the Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety. Established in October 2016 by former Consumer Minister Margot James, the group of product and fire safety experts was brought together to build on the recommendations made by Lynn Faulds Wood in her independent review into consumer product recalls.
In addition to providing support and advice for local authority Trading Standards teams, the office will co-ordinate work across local authorities where action is needed on a national scale and will ensure the UK continues to carry out appropriate border checks on imported products once the UK leaves the European Union. Link https://www.gov.uk/government/
HM Government announces an update relating to the Grenfell Tower fire in the "Acting on Product Safety" area of its website
HM Government has established an area of its website which is dedicated to product recalls. The website provides links to the product recall databases hosted by Electrical Safety First website, the UK-AFI website and the 'recent' product recalls published on the Chartered Trading Standards Institute website. Please use this link to access the HM Government Product Recalls area and the Grenfell Tower announcement.
Use this link to go to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute website where recenly published prodcut recalls are listed.
Use this link to go to the fire and electrical defect related Product Recalls on this website which has Product Recalls dating back to 1996 and are searchable by product type and manufacturer. In addition, results can be filtered by date.