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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DigiCert, Inc. and Valimail, have announced that they are partnering to help companies prepare for Brand Indicators for Message Identification (BIMI), a new standard currently in pilot that allows companies to display a verified logo in emails with a Verified Mark Certificate (VMC).

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Booking is open for the first ever virtual North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop, the premier global flow measurement event taking place 26-29 October 2020.

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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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