Welcome to the Spring issue of the BMTA Newsletter
In this edition, as well as our usual news and features, we would like our readers’ feedback and views on two important areas for Accredited Laboratories; Inter-Laboratory Comparisons and UKAS Costs.
BMTA is evaluating the viability of creating an industry-led, inter-laboratory comparison service to assist you in meeting your accreditation obligations. Our short ILC survey simply asks whether this would be of interest to your organisation in meeting its accreditation requirements and for which parameters. The survey can be accessed HERE [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hZ8_v3snSSzKoBvWPHAkd4V9qB9akZTl_SqIN6VocZU/viewform?edit_requested=truehttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hZ8_v3snSSzKoBvWPHAkd4V9qB9akZTl_SqIN6VocZU/viewform?edit_requested%3Dtrue].
For those of you with long memories, you may recall an article in our last newsletter by UKAS on costs and their recent announcements on pricing. We are now seeking to understand the experiences and expectations of Accredited Laboratories with regard to their ongoing UKAS costs. The UKAS costs survey can be found HERE [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1G9N7fyqLzQoV4Mh1QxTkZcGnEIJIyhGGIQIeEZkuzfs/viewform?edit_requested=true] and should take no more than three minutes to complete.
The BMTA Council member profile in this issue is on Carl Wordsworth BEng PhD. Carl is Head of Water for TÜV SÜD NEL. Find out what being a Council member means to him.
Our theme for the Spring 2022 issue is:
- Supply Chains Post-Brexit
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Editor – BMTA Newsletter
Page 2 – Editor’s Note
Page 3 – Meet Our Newsletter Contributors
Page 4 – News
Page 12 – Ethical AI Quandaries
By Maya Carlyle, Principal Enterprise Architect at National Physics Laboratory (NPL) discusses ethical AI, finding the balance where the gathering of social data for beneficial use could also be seen as being intrusive.
Page 16 – Pandemic Reflections
The events of 2020 elevated the profile of PPE to a level never seen before and highlighted the dependence the country has on extended supply chains. Alan Murray, Chief Executive Officer, BSIF reviews the PPE crisis of 2020.
Page 22 – Facility Upgrade Investment Reduces Uncertainty And Financial Exposure
TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory (NEL) has recently completed a £650,000 upgrade of its Elevated Pressure and Temperature (EPAT) test facility. Dr Carl Wordsworth, Head of Water Sector discusses.
Page 26 – The General Position Of Inter-Laboratory Comparisons (ILCs), Proficiency Testing (PT) And Measurement Audit (MA) In Accreditation
By Paul Greenwood – UKAS Operations Director, asks why is inter-laboratory comparison important?
Page 30 – Metrology Support For Methane Emissions Measurement And Reporting
By Rod Robinson, Principal Research Scientist, Emissions and Atmospheric Metrology Group, NPL, reviews some of the ways the metrology community is supporting industry in meeting evolving measurement requirements.
Page 36 – BMTA Council Member Profile
Carl Wordsworth, BEng, PhD
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