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Another Guest Speaker Confirmed for the Lifecycle of Food Analysis Workshop

Martin Perkins

7th March 2019

Allergens, Food Analysis, Formaldehyde, Fragrance, IFRA, Methanol, Neil Owen, Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC, Workshop,


We can now confirm our third guest speaker for the 2-day Lifecycle of Food Analysis Workshop is Neil Owen, Head of Product Safety Science Laboratory CoE at Givaudan (as well as photography enthusiast).

Click here to see the full agenda and be sure to read more about our other speakers Dr Tanya Curtis and Dr Andrew Feilden.

Neil has kindly agreed to present the final talk at our Lifecycle of Food Analysis Workshop on the 2nd-3rd April 2019. Neil has many years’ experience within the fragrance world and has been a keen member along with Givaudan of IFRA for many years. The IFRA Analytical Working Group, who advise and support the wider membership of IFRA on analytical methods with the aim of establishing robust methods available to all.

He has worked for Givaudan and, before that, Quest International, with over two decades of analytical experience in the fragrance industry and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Neil’s presentation, ‘Prescribed Methods of Analysis – when right isn’t always ‘right”, will cover the increasing issues we come across along with having to deal with authorities using inappropriate testing methods for prescribed target analytes. He will talk about the IFRA Allergens methodology and it’s associated routine for ensuring good quality and a method to overcome issues that arise from this process.  He’ll also descend into some examples where testing, even to ‘authorised methods’, can lead to wildly inaccurate values.

Places are booking fast, and are on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you wish to attend, please get in touch now, either by email or calling +44 (0)1223 279210.

The cost of the workshop is £120 + VAT per person, which is inclusive of food, refreshments and all course material provided. We are holding the 2-day event at the Hotel Felix in Cambridge, and practical demonstrations will be shown from our lab in Girton, along with a lab tour.