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The Laboratory at The Birmingham Assay Office held its first Understanding Product Safety for Fashion Accessories course on Wednesday 26th June to a sold out audience! This one day course offers basic level training for jewellery technologists and costume jewellery and fashion accessories buyers who wish to understand new and current EU and USA product legislation and testing requirements BEFORE supplying product for sale to consumers.  
The course began with an invaluable overview of the current market for precious and non precious metals and accessories before focusing on Nickel, Lead and Cadmium, including why each metal is harmful and the current testing regulations.
The course also covered the range of testing available at The Laboratory at The Birmingham Assay Office, how to request tests and how to complete specific test forms.

In the afternoon, delegates learnt about chemical testing requirements covered by legislation and they had the chance to examine and test sample products as part of the course.
The day was rounded off with a question and answer session with Dippal Manchanda, Technical Director for The Laboratory at The Birmingham Assay Office who answered any queries that the delegates had.
The course was delivered by industry experts from The Laboratory at The Birmingham Assay office sharing invaluable knowledge and experience from the UKAS accredited Laboratory at the Birmingham Assay Office.

The Course provided 7 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity and delegates were presented with a certificate at the end of the day.

The day proved a huge success with delegates and places are already selling fast for the next course on Wednesday 17th July  - to secure your place please follow the link below or call 0871 871 6020.

Other dates in 2013 include: 3rd September, 25th September, 16th October and 27th November.


Course Date




17th July 2013

4 Places Available

3rd September 2013

Places Available

25th September 2013

Places Available

16th October 2013

Places Available

27th November 2013

Places Available




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