The LTG introduces their 2014 committee

The LTG committee was delighted by the overwhelming response to the call for new committee members. The position of secretary and 4 ordinary member positions were due for election at the December AGM. One application for secretary was submitted by our existing secretary; Susie Davies, who will re-stand for a further 2 years. Due to the level of interest the decision for ordinary members went to vote. Jane Eastwood and Andrew Clatworthy were re-elected. We are pleased to welcome 2 new members to the committee; Joanna Hockenhull, from Imperial College London and Stephanie Thompson, from HFL Sports Science. Congratulations to all successful candidates!

Winner of the 2013 John Jackson Prize for best poster

The LTG would like to congratulate Mohammad Zaher Shehab and co-workers at the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Bath, on their winning poster, entitled; Tracking crack cocaine samples sources by using principle component analysis. Mohammad was awarded the 2013 John Jackson Prize for best poster presented by a young scientist. His abstract can be viewed here; Tracking crack cocaine samples sources by using principle component analysis

The first Brian Widdop Prize for best oral presentation has been awarded

Congratulations to Lewis Couchman, winner of the new Brian Widdop award for best oral presentation at the December 2013 Meeting. The title of the winning presentation was;  "A novel approach to quantitative LC-MS/MS: therapeutic drug monitoring of clozapine and norclozapine using isotopic internal calibration". We were honored to have Brian's son present the award on behalf of the family.

Forensic Science Regulator December 2013 Newsletter (No. 22)

The Forensic Science Regulator's latest newsletter is now available to download via the following link: Newsletter No. 22

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.

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