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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.


The Government announced in Parliament today (12 May) that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme) will be extended for four months until the end of October for all sectors.

The level of support that furloughed employees will receive will remain the same during the extension. Currently, employees are entitled to receive 80% of their normal wages, up to a monthly maximum of £2,500.

From August, employers will be asked to pay a contribution towards the cost of this furlough pay. The Government press release refers to employers ‘substituting’ the Government contribution, in Parliament, the Chancellor referred to employers ‘sharing’ the cost of the Scheme. Currently, employers can reclaim the entire 80% of normal wages (subject to the cap) from the Government under the Scheme (provided eligibility requirements are met).
From August, there will be more flexibility in the Scheme to support the transition back into work, with employers being able to bring employees back on a part-time basis whilst still remaining in the Scheme. It is not clear what this will mean for levels of furlough pay.

More guidance will be provided by the Government by the end of May.