A number of European surveys have been undertaken to consider and monitor the impact that Covid-19 has had on the testing industry.

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The CBI and 71 trade associations and professional bodies representing 190,000 businesses and 7 million employees are calling for politicians on both sides to carve a path towards a deal. Sectors from automotive to aviation, chemicals to creative industries, and farming and food to pharmaceuticals – are united: securing a quick agreement matters greatly for jobs and livelihoods.

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Andrew Morris, National Physical Laboratory North of England Operations Manager has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists 2020.

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Global Trends in Testing, Diagnostics & Inspection for 2030. 20th-22nd October 2020

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The aim of this workshop is to discuss and collect experiences and recommendations from the participating stakeholders on what is needed in standardization to face the challenges of a changing climate and how revision of standards can take place in concrete and practical terms.

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Hydrogen Strategy Now is a campaign made up of leading businesses, such as Kiwa, operating in the UK, united in their belief that the Government must establish a UK-wide hydrogen strategy. Collectively under this campaign they have written to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, this week urging him to open discussions for a UK-wide hydrogen strategy as part of a post-COVID recovery. Such focus would create high-skilled green jobs, secure investments into the UK economy as well as export opportunities, while also providing a pathway towards Net Zero targets.

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The number of Fixed Wireless Access internet providers across the UK has jumped as homes and businesses create demand for faster broadband. Ofcom, the regulating body of UK communications services, has also joined the UK Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (UKWISPA), the official trade body recognised by UK authorities for the high-standard delivery of internet access services. Becoming a key stakeholder in UKWISPA, Ofcom is recognising fixed wireless as a mainstream broadband service to the public.

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In July 2020, the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology announced a standardised UK system for detecting coronavirus in wastewater, to provide an early warning of future outbreaks, reducing the reliance of testing large populations. Sewage surveillance is one of the most promising methods to identify hotspots. The virus can be detected in the sewerage and wastewater supplies and indicate the potential for a major outbreak.

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TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory and Severn Trent Water have launched a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to help the water industry increase the accuracy of abstraction and leakage rates reporting.

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In these difficult times TRS is pleased to be able to provide you with the opportunity to recruit STEM staff. TRS  is an independent not for profit, employer led programme, originally initiated by former Secretary of State (BEIS), which is dedicated to supporting the attraction, development and retention of people and skills in UK manufacturing, engineering and technology.

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New research into graphene flakes has discovered that the material can act as a surfactant, for the first time demonstrating how it can be a versatile 2D stabiliser ideal for many industrial applications from oil extraction to paper processing.

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The Blue Guide was first published in 2000 and has since become one of the main reference documents explaining how to implement EU legislation based on the New Approach, now covered by the New Legislative Framework (NLF). This new version of the Guide aims to better reflect recent changes in the legislation and in particular the adoption of a new Regulation on Market Surveillance.

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