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Flintshire Trading Standards at The Birmingham Assay 31.3.14 005 Assay Office Birmingham and The Laboratory showed Trading Standards officers from Flintshire around the Hallmarking operation and Analytical Laboratory earlier this week.
Flintshire Trading Standards at The Birmingham Assay 31.3.14 004
Staff presented to Jack, Claire and Sarah (L-R top picture) in more depth how the two organisations can work more closely together in order to ensure  the highest standards of Consumer Protection in the fine and costume jewellery and watch industries as well as the wider fashion accessories, toys, clothing, furniture and automotive industries. The list grows longer and longer!! [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="448"]Flintshire Trading Standards at The Birmingham Assay 31.3.14 006 Karen shows Trading Standards how an XRF works[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400"]Flintshire Trading Standards at The Birmingham Assay 31.3.14 013 Before the hallmark is applied...[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="443"]Flintshire Trading Standards at The Birmingham Assay 31.3.14 014 ...and after![/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="341"]Flintshire Trading Standards at The Birmingham Assay 31.3.14 012 Sign that man up! Jack expertly applies a hallmark[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="315"]Flintshire Trading Standards at The Birmingham Assay 31.3.14 008 Flintshire Trading Standards examine some different hallmarks[/caption] Assay Office Birmingham is home to specialists who are international experts in their field and whom Trading Standards officers all over the country can call upon for help and advice in the battle against under- carating, counterfeiting and the use of harmful substances used in the manufacture of products. [caption id="attachment_8007" align="aligncenter" width="448"]IMG_4429 The team from Flintshire Trading Standards also had a tour of The Laboratory with Ian Bayley (Assay Office Birmingham's Quality Manager)[/caption] IMG_4425 [caption id="attachment_8010" align="aligncenter" width="435"]The Trading Standards team also had a tour of the SafeGuard Valuations Service and AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory in the afternoon In the afternoon The Trading Standards team had a tour of the SafeGuard Valuations Service and AnchorCert Gemological Laboratory[/caption] If you are are Trading Standards Officer and feel a tour of Assay Office Birmingham could benefit you then email testing@theassayoffice.co.uk or telephone 0121 262 1017 to arrange an appointment. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="336"]Flintshire Trading Standards at The Birmingham Assay 31.3.14 003 Don't be left in the dark when it comes to jewellery regulations - Visit Assay Office Birmingham![/caption]  

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