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The British Measurement and Testing Association

The Voice of Measurement and Testing

BMTA was created in 1990 in response to the need for an independent ‘lobby’ for the private sector to speak with one voice to Government, UKAS, BSI and other official bodies on issues affecting the whole measurement and testing community.

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ILAC Extend ISO/IEC 17025:2017 to 1st June 2021

The following extract is from the official ILAC notification.

"As a result of the recent referendum detailed in our earlier correspondence (provided below), the transition period for ISO/IEC 17025:2017 has been extended to 1 June 2021.

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Live UKAS Webinar On Remote Assessment

Following UKAS announcement that they will be extending the period during which remote assessment will be undertaken to 1st October 2020 UKAS are running a live webinar at 9am on 4th June 2020, to help businesses prepare. Should you wish to join this webinar please use this link to REGISTER

If you are unable to make the live webinar UKAS have also produced an on-demand video that may be of interest. The video can be accessed HERE

 

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BMTA NEWSLETTER - SPRING 2020

Welcome readers to the Spring issue of the BMTA Newsletter. The first quarter of the year hasn't been quite as expected and has brought with it challenges and difficulties of an unparalleled and exceptional nature.

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Is your organisation able to supply PPE?

This portal has been set up to support frontline workers to secure the necessary PPE supplies. If your organisation is able to supply PPE please register this with the PPE Exchange

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Covid 19

BEIS Webinar on Returning to Work - for Laboratories and Research Facilities

BEIS recent webinar on Returning to Work for Laboratories and Research Facilities is now available to watch, on demand, HERE. For those operating university laboratories, GUIDANCE has been published to help providers of higher education In England understand how to minimise risk during the coronavirus outbreak and provide services to students.

BEIS have also issued a SURVEY on how businesses are finding returning to work. This survey is to assist BEIS in understanding the issues being encountered when returning to the workplace or restarting operations. They would be grateful for your input. If you would like to keep up to date with the latest updates to government guidance, please subscribe to the Coronavirus Businesses and Employers Bulletin HERE.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - UPDATE

The Government updated their detailed guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme late on 12th June 2020. The updated guidance clarifies how employers can bring previously furloughed employees back to work on a part-time basis from 1 July (known as flexible furloughing).

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Government updates advise on Furlough to cover parents on family leave

The Government has announced that parents on family leave who return to work in the coming months can be furloughed and are exempt from the 10 June cut-off date, provided the employer has previously furloughed employees. This amendment to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme applies to those on maternity, paternity, adoption leave, shared parental leave and parental bereavement leave.

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Safe Working Guidelines published by BSI

BSI has published Safe Working Guidelines. The guidelines provide a framework for business owners, senior leaders, managers and workers to protect people at work from the ongoing risks related to the coronavirus. BSI plans to update the guidelines in the current weeks, based on the feedback they receive.

Please follow the links to the PRESS RELEASE and GUIDELINES documents.

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BMTA represents the interests of the measurement and testing industry in the UK and in Europe, through its representation on EUROLAB, the voice for laboratories in Europe.

BMTA will encourage you to make your views known in the standards making process, both nationally and internationally, through the Association and individual membership of relevant committees. We work to increase awareness of the measurement and testing industry, and provide training, through seminars and workshops, on topical subjects. It is a non-profit making association that is run by a Council elected by its members.

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