December LTG Meeting: Call for Abstracts!

The next LTG will be the Christmas meeting, to be held on 13th December 2013 at Charles Darwin House Conference Centre. This meeting will take the form of a poster and oral session, plus our AGM. We invite contributions from membership;

Poster & Orals:

Posters are welcome to be displayed from all members, non-members and corporate members at this meeting. Please send the title of your poster, plus a short abstract if possible to . We have plenty of room to display lots of posters, so please bring as many as you wish and show your colleagues about all your projects, case work and research.

Instead of just poster presentations, we are offering a new element - mini oral presentations. The LTG have the pleasure in announcing a new prize - the Brian Widdop Prize for best oral presentation.

The committee have decided to open the Brian Widdop prize to all entrants, but the John Jackson prize will remain open only to 35 yrs and under. You do not have to be a member to enter an oral or poster presentation. Prizes of £100 for best poster and £150 for best oral are being offered, and will be judged by members of the Academic subgroup. A member of Brian Widdops family will be present to award the first prize.

We are now calling for abstracts for the oral presentations, then the committee can choose the best 5 or 6 to be presented on the day (all posters can be displayed). Please see guidance notes for this. Deadline is 1st November, with notification by mid November if your abstract has been selected for presentation. Please send your oral presentation abstract to

Decembers meeting will take the same formats as our previous meetings this year;

10:30 - 12:30 Oral presentations (15+5 min slots)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 16:00 Poster presentations
16:00 - 17:00 Presentation of prize, business meeting & AGM

LTG Committee Elections

There are several positions on the LTG committee which are up for election at the December AGM. These include: Secretary and 4 Ordinary members. Appointments are for a period of 2 years. If you would like to know more about what these roles entail, or are interested in standing for election please complete and return the election form and/or e-mail: for further details. If more than 1 person stands for any position, then a balloted election will take place at the business meeting.

DEADLINE: Wednesday 27th November

Legal controls on synthetic cannabinoids: an international dilemma

At our October Meeting, Ric Treble form LGC Standards, presented on the legal controls on synthetic cannabinoids. By popular demand this presentation is being made openly available.

Please click here to access the presentation.

2013 Annual Report on the Home Office Forensic Early Warning System (FEWS)

The Forensic Early Warning System (FEWS) is a system to identify New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in the UK. It was set up to enable the Government to take action before a harmful substance takes a foothold in the UK. This report describes activities undertaken, and provides results of the analysis of samples tested under FEWS between April 2012 and March 2013. The report also highlights key learning points from the results and key messages on the harms and risks associated with the use of NPS.

MHRA Medicine Recall Alert

Morningside Healthcare Limited has informed the MHRA that a small number of blisters containing Buprenorphine 8mg Sublingual Tablets from batch number 13D22 have inadvertently been packed in cartons labelled Natzon 0.4mg Sublingual Tablets with the same batch number, 13D22. For more information please visit the relevant page on the MHRA website

Thermo Scientific Clinical and Forensic Toxicology User Meeting

Thermo Scientific would like to invite you to join them for their Clinical and Forensic Toxicology User Meeting at The Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London on Thursday October 3rd 2013. Attendance is free but interested parties are advised to register early to reserve their space and avoid disappointment. Please email


Tony Moffat honored with the 2013 Alan Curry Award

At this years annual conference of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) - held in Funchal, Madeira - Tony Moffat was honored with the 2013 Alan Curry Award. The Alan Curry Award is the most prestigious TIAFT award given to members who have a long history of distinguished contributions to the field of forensic toxicology, and to the TIAFT organisation. LTG Chair Stephen Morley accepted the award on Tony's behalf.

New Guidelines from UNODC

Two new documents from UNODC have been added to the "Guidelines" section of our website. The guidelines are "Recommended methods for the Identification and Analysis of Piperazines in Seized Materials" and "Recommended methods for the Identification and Analysis of Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists in Seized Materials".

You can find them both here: LTG Guidelines section.

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