Uk Reverses Swine Flu Vaccine-narcolepsy Decision

UK RoHS2 Regulator Presents at Free EU RoHS2 Compliance Seminar Hosted by SGS and ENVIRON, October 14, Texas

Photo credit: Wikipedia This just in: An example of what happens when people change conclusions based on the data rather than digging in their heels in favor of a pet hypothesis. In this case, the UK government has reversed a previous decision regarding the 2009-2010 European Pandemrix vaccine for swine flu and its link to narcolepsy , a sleep disorder that can seriously disrupt activities of daily living. As a result, per The Guardian : The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has contacted people turned down for compensation last year to explain that, after a review of fresh evidence, it now accepts the vaccine can cause the condition. The move leaves the government open to compensation claims from around 100 people in Britain, and substantial legal fees if a group action drawn up by solicitors is successful. According to the Guardian, heres why the UK is taking this step: The government U-turn follows a major study of four- to 18-year-olds by the Health Protection Agency which found that around one in every 55,000 jabs was associated with narcolepsy. A spokesman for (vaccine maker) GSK said it had details of around 900 people from 14 countries who had narcolepsy and were vaccinated. Emphasis mine. Its a good example of drawing new conclusions based on new information, otherwise known as the appropriate conduct of science, and then doing the right thing. A total of 100 people among 6 million who received this vaccination in the UK developed narcolepsy, for an adverse event rate of 0.0017%. The death rate from the swine flu in the UK was 0.026% . Put another way, 26 of every 100,000 people who had the flu died; 1.67 people of every 100,000 (1 in every 55,000 according to the study) receiving the vaccine developed narcolepsy. In addition, the vaccine in question evidently was given to groups at high risk for adverse events from contracting the swine flu.

(Logo: ) Chris Smith is the Technical and Operational Manager for the UK National Measurement Office (NMO) Enforcement Directorate. Smith works closely with industry, government and other bodies across Europe to ensure there is an effective enforcement regime and improved consistency in scope interpretation for the RoHS2, Batteries, Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives. Attendees will hear Smith explain the new EU legislative framework, RoHS2 scope, CE marking and Technical Documentation requirements, and why the business penalties for non-compliance are now much higher. SGS and ENVIRON will then highlight the business benefits of their new RoHS Compliance Assessment Service Using BOMcheck. The new service uses the EN 50581 European Standard and enables clients to comply with the RoHS2 regulatory requirements for Technical Documentation and CE Declaration of Conformity to achieve market access in a cost effective manner. In December 2012 the EN 50581 European Standard was officially endorsed by the European Commission as an approved method for compliance with RoHS2 Technical Documentation requirements. Although EN 50581 is a voluntary standard, most companies choose to follow this approved method. Chris Smith’s presentation will confirm that RoHS2 regulators expect companies who chose not to use EN 50581 to demonstrate that their Technical Documentation is at least as robust. The seminar will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Texas and will be collocated with the SMTA International Conference ( ) and the IPC Fall Standards Development Meetings ( ). The seminar will start at 4.00pm Central Time on Monday 14 October and will conclude with a cocktail reception where attendees can discuss their detailed questions with Chris, SGS and ENVIRON. The seminar is free-of-charge but you must register to attend at About ENVIRON ( ) BOMcheck is managed by leading international consultancy ENVIRON which also co-chairs the IPC 1752A materials declaration standard and serves as EMEA regional coordinator for the IEC 62474 materials declaration standard . The firm offers environmental, health, safety and sustainability services through an interdisciplinary network of more than 1,000 consultants operating from 88 offices in 19 countries worldwide. About SGS ( ) SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

WorldPay: UK retailers failing to capitalise on demand from international shoppers

These consumers, together with other high spending shoppers from Qatar, UAE and Russia are providing a valuable boost to retail revenues, spending up to four times as much as local customers, the company reports. From Clarks to Burberry the power of British brands is enormous, with consumers not just coming to the UK to buy luxury items but well-known brands at every price point, said WorldPay. To capitalise on this growing demand, retailers need to make it easy for international shoppers to buy, as the Guide explains. The UK visa system and the HMRCs process for reclaiming tax on purchases are onerous enough already; retailers need to do more to ease the burden on their international customers. After all, the Chinese alone account for almost 20% of non-EU international spending in the UK, said Geoff Barraclough, head of corporate propositions at WorldPay. While some retailers offer tax free shopping to attract lucrative global consumers into their stores, most are still not offering the full range of value added services such as Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) that will attract higher footfall and higher spend, said WorldPay. This is especially true of those customers who may be from within the EU and cannot offset the tax, but may still want to take advantage of their local currency rates. Barraclough said: The UK is a brand bazaar for global consumers and British product and brands are very popular. Critical to success for retailers is how they manage this valuable source of revenue for both themselves and their customers. The World Tourism Organisation says the number of Chinese tourists travelling abroad increased from 10m in 2000 to 83m in 2012. About half of them spend more than 3,000 a trip and account for 25% of sales of luxury goods around the world, giving them considerable economic clout. The Guide, which can be accessed at www.moneytalksnews.co.uk provides insight into the global consumer, advice on managing tax free shopping, introduces myCurrency (WorldPays DCC solution), and details staff training and integrated payment options across multiple devices in store. By sourcing the complete range of payment services from a single provider, retailers reduce costs and management overhead, as well as earning valuable revenue from DCC, and gaining insight into consumer buying patterns that will enable them to plan for the future, WorldPay claims.