United Kingdom Textile Laboratory Forum
UKTLF has now introduced 3 categories
of membership - full, associate, and affiliate.
UKTLF was founded in October 2001 to meet the needs of the textile testing laboratory community in the UK. Its aims are:
There are 3 categories of UKTLF membership:
Full membership of UKTLF is open to any textile testing laboratory fulfilling all of the following criteria:
A list of current UKTLF members is given on the membership page.
Full members with more than one operational site in the UK are required to have separate memberships for each site . Each member has a single vote, irrespective of size of the member's organisation in the UK. Delegates from non-UK sites may not attend UKTLF meetings.
'Associate' members are companies who supply goods or services to UKTLF members and whose involvement in UKTLF activities is deemed appropriate by the full members. Membership fees for associate membership is the same as for full members but does not carry voting rights. Companies wishing to join UKTLF should contact the Secretary.
'Affiliate' membership is for trade organisations with whom UKTLF wishes to promote mutually beneficial relationships. Current affiliate members currently include UKAS, SDC and ASBCI. Such organisations do not have any voting rights at meetings.
Member companies may attend any working group meeting(s) in which they have an interest and the delegate(s) for working groups may be different from those for the main meetings.
An executive committee is elected each year from the eligible members in accordance with the Constitution of the UKTLF.
Meetings of UKTLF are held 3 to 4 times a year, either at the premises of ASBCI (Halifax, West Yorkshire) or at member's own premises. Working groups set up to address specific topics of concern meet at member's premises as required. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting is asked to advise the Secretary or Working Group Convenor at least 7 days in advance (to allow for catering arrangements to be made)
BSI Technical committees:
It is a pre-requisite of membership that any information arising from the activities of the UKTLF is confidential within the membership and must not be used in any way which is detrimental to or derogatory of another member of UKTLF or to UKTLF itself.
Annual membership is currently £110.00 . Cheques should be made payable to 'UKTLF'. Members wishing to pay by bank transfer should contact the Treasurer or Secretary for details.
The fees for participation in inter-laboratory correlation exercises is set of £35.00 per correlation exercise and is payable by each participant. The fees are set (and reviewed) annually and each trial is invoiced separately.
UKTLF run several inter-laboratory correlations each year on topics which are pertinent to members. Participation in inter-laboratory correlations is voluntary and the tests involved are selected by members so as to address specific issues arising in commercial testing or to meet requirements within ISO17025 for members to participate. All trials are run through a third-party thereby ensuring the anonymity of the results produced. It is for each participant to assess their own performance against the overall results although basic statistical analysis for outliers and stragglers is carried out by the third party organisation.
Non-participants can purchase copies of the correlation results for any specific trial on payment of the relevant fee for that correlation exercise.
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