The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) are responsible for the regulatory framework for product safety, weights and measures and hallmarking.  To date OPSS have laid four Statutory Instruments (SIs), fixing deficiencies in EU retained law, that arise as a result of the UK’s exit from the EU.

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The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has announced the new, Measurement for Recovery (M4R) programme, helping innovative UK companies to invest and grow post COVID-19 lockdown.

Measurement for Recovery will allow NPL, along with partner National Measurement Laboratories to support UK industry with access to cutting-edge specialist solutions through our science and engineering expertise and facilities to support projects, at no charge.

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Welcome to the Summer issue of the BMTA Newsletter. Once again contributions to the newsletter have been influenced by Covid-19, and we have articles in this issue that focus on the future of remote assessment, PPE and forged or fake certifications. 

We also take a look at World Accreditation Day - food safety, which promotes the value of accreditation, accredited conformity assessment and standards.

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BMTA is pleased to introduce members to Innovation Tax, providers of valuable support and guidance through innovation tax incentives and Government funding.

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The European Commission has issued the first draft of the revision to the EU Blue Guide on the implementation of EU Product Rules.

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As part of the agreement in place between MakeUK and BMTA we are delighted to be able to offer BMTA Member companies free access to a webinar on; COVID-19 Employment law considerations: A recap and reminder.

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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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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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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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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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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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