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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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The Journal of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee

The Summer edition of The Journal of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee (All-Party Parliamentary Group) has been published. The issue coincides with the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee’s long-awaited return to the Palace of Westminster for their discussion meetings programme.


PANDEMIC REFLECTIONS - A review following the PPE crisis of 2020

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. By Alan Murray, Chief Executive Officer at British Safety Industry Federation.


Metrology support for methane emissions measurement and reporting

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.

By Rod Robinson, Principal Research Scientist, Emissions and Atmospheric Metrology Group, National Physical Laboratory


IMEKO TC11&TC24 Joint Conference

The IMEKO TC11&TC24 Joint Conference is to be held in hybrid format, both in Dubrovnik (Croatia) and online from 17th to 19th of October 2022.


Make UK has recently launched plans for the future: ‘Manufacturing Our Road to Recovery’ which sets out how to boost economic confidence, ensure a safe return to work and build resilience.


 Here is a pdf of the plan:

Here is a pdf of the slide deck:

Please feel free to share the information and use as you see fit.


Background Information...

Make UK has been asked by Lord Deighton’s office to respond to the government’s urgent request for high volume providers of PPE.

Make are told that each company and product will need to be evaluated separately as there are a number of steps that need to be taken to ensure PPE is safe, legal, and protects the wearer in the correct way. We have been asked to help by organising the offers, and your support would be appreciated.

The government is looking for the following types of PPE: Aprons, FFP2 / FFP3 Face Masks, IIR Masks, Gowns, Hand Sanitiser, and Visors. There is no limit to the quantity the government will contract for and manufacturers are asked to base their offers on legitimate capacity.

Government guidance for New High-Volume Manufacturers of PPE provides details safety requirements and standards as well as the obligations on manufacturers; we would encourage you to read through this before making an offer.

Where appropriate, would you please share this with your members and revert back with the type(s) and quantity of PPE these organisations are able to create, using the table below to provide the information.

Once collated the offers have been collated, we understand that specific project teams will be assigned to follow up, in order to speed up the process.

Company Name Contact Name Contact details
(email & phone)
PPE Category

Proposed Manufacture Quantity

Manufacture stage (e.g. equipment owned, designs approved, prototypes certified etc.)