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Important dates for the diary

4th Oct 2019 / By Alistair Driver

A number of notable events are coming up that members might be interested in...

Autumn Regionals

Our Autumn Regional series kicked off in Exeter on October 2 in Exeter. One down, three to go: 

Tuesday, October 15 – South Central, Newbury Rugby Club, 6.30pm.

Tuesday, October 22  – East, Diss Rugby Club, 6.30pm.

Tuesday, October 29 –  North, Sandburn Hall Hotel, York, 6.30pm.

Click here for more details. 

Get Ready for Brexit

Defra is running a series of briefings for importers and exporters to help prepare the for new trading arrangements after 31 October when we are due to leave the EU.

 These briefings will include comprehensive updates on 

  • Exporting animals, products of animal origin, including Border Inspection Posts, Export Health Certificates, labelling, authorised premises (meat), composites, groupage and compliance with ISPM15 (wood packaging materials)
  • Importing animals and products of animal origin including IPAFFS/TRACES, interim solutions for EU imports and high risk pre-notification post-amnesty period for the EU
  • Importing and exporting plants and plant products, including phytosanitary certificates and their implications

The briefings will be held in London (October 10), York (October 15) and Bristol (October 18). Each event will run from 10:45 until 14:00 and will be structured as a series of presentations covering Defra and HMRC issues, followed by questions to an assembled panel of specialists. The event will include a light buffet lunch. 

Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To book, follow the links below for your preferred location.

London -

York -

 Bristol -

RUMA Conference

The Respobsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) conference takes place on October 29.

The biennial conference, ‘Building on Success’, will be held at the J. Sainsbury’s Conference Centre, in Holborn.

The keynote speaker will be Maryn McKenna, an independent journalist from the USA specialising in public health and food policy – and a vocal critic of the global food industry.

Also appearing as part of an impressive list of speakers will be UK Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss, the chair of the Food Standards Agency, Heather Hancock, the head of antimicrobial resistance at the VMD, Kitty Healey and senior vice-president of the British Veterinary Association, Simon Doherty. 

The final programme can be viewed here

More details are available on the RUMA website.

GSCOP training 

The NFU is running a course for NFU members supplying UK retailers to be trained on the principles of GSCOP (Grocery Suppliers Code of Practice).

The training will take palce on Monday, October 21 at NFU HQ in Stoneleigh. The interactive day will run from 9am-5pm.

The training is an interactive course that focuses not just on understanding the code of practice, but also how suppliers can stand up for themselves whilst maintaining strong working relationships with grocery retailers. 

The course is suitable for commercial and sales directors, key account managers, regulatory and support staff involved in direct trading with supermarkets, irrepsective of business size. 

There is an NFU discount of £185+VAT per person

Non-NFU members pay £500+VAT. 

For more information, click here