On the Road Again: FDA’s Mobile Laboratories

March 31, 2009

mobile_labs_011FDA’s mobile laboratories are part of the agency’s nationwide network of laboratories, where scientists are continually testing food and drugs for contaminants.The chemistry mobile lab is shown here on the road near its base of operations in Jefferson, Ark.

This modified 44-foot trailer is one of three units that make up FDA’s chemistry mobile laboratory.

This 34-foot command center, outfitted in a modified motor home, is part of FDA’s chemistry mobile laboratory. Two other units, the sample preparation unit and the analytical unit, complete the lab.

An FDA scientist, who doubles as a driver, loads cable covers into the chemistry mobile laboratory. The covers protect communication cables, water hoses, and other cabling necessary to run the lab equipment.

Source: FDA News

Carbon Reduction Commitment compliance

March 26, 2009

investment-nolink_20081209120826Essentially, the carbon reduction commitment will affect organisations whose half hourly electricity consumption totals more than 6,000 MWh per year (equivalent to approximately £500,000 annual spend). Any organisation that falls within this category will be required to record account for all energy (other than transport fuels), including electricity, gas and oil.

Energy consumption during 2008 will be used as the qualifying year to identify if an organisation will be subject to the Carbon Reduction Commitment. Records of electricity use will be taken from mandatory half hourly meters, voluntary half hourly meters, remote read meter readings and pseudo hal hourly meters.

There will be a 3 year introductory phase from 2010 to 2012 – during this phase the price of CO2 will be fixed – the current figure is £12 per tonne although this is subject to confirmation prior to launch. Initially there will be no limits on the allowances available for purchase. In 2013 full auctioning starts via sealed bids. The Environment Agency will oversee the programme, although reporting will be self certified with 20% of the members audited per annum.

Source:The Green Card

Jagore Voter Registration

March 24, 2009

Do you want to register online to vote in this upcoming elections then click www.jaagore.com

Nano booking to start from April 9

March 23, 2009

The booking of the Nano, the Rs 100,000-people’s car from the Tata stable, will begin on April 9 and remain open till April 23.

The delivery of the first lot of Nano cars will begin in early-July, he said, adding that applications for booking of the car would be available in 30,000 locations in 1,000 cities across India.

State Bank of India would be the qualified banker for collection of bookings in 850 cities, he said.

The car can be booked by just paying Rs 2,999 upfront while the rest can be secured by way of loan, he said. There would be 15 preferred financiers for the booking whose names would be disclosed in three days.

The first 100,000 customers will be selected by draw of lots from the bookings.

Source: Rediff

Nano rolls out today

March 23, 2009

tata-nano-1The world’s cheapest car, Tata Nano, will be launched today with its makers hoping it will be a hit with India’s emerging middle-classes.

Just 30,000 to 50,000 of the 4-door Nanos are likely to be sold in the first year because of limited production capacity – a fraction of the company’s original planned target, auto sector experts said.

tata-nano-cheap-carAnd they say the sporty, jellybean-shaped car which has attracted world headlines thanks to its price tag of just Rs.1,00,000 ($2,000) – cheaper than some laptop computers – will not contribute much immediately in the way of profits to troubled Tata Motors due to its small volumes.

This is how it rolls out..

Last October, Tata Motors pulled the Nano car project out of Singur in West Bengal, even though the plant was 90% completed.

The retreat followed months of violent demonstrations by activists and farmers evicted from their land that raised fears about India’s attractiveness for foreign investors.

The Nano now is being rolled out from two existing Tata manufacturing plants in what Mr.Ratan Tata has described as a “makeshift kind of operation.”

Tata Motors’ new Nano plant in Sanand, Gujarat is not expected to be ready until the end of 2009.

In the second year, Nano sales could jump by over 200% to 1,50,000 cars, said Mr.Vaishali Jajoo, an analyst at Angel Broking, as production ramps up at the Gujarat plant.

Source: Auto India

Ontario Regulation 438/07

March 18, 2009

Ontario Regulation 438/07 was passed in August 2007 and comes into effect this year.

Between April 1 and August 30, 2009, manufacturers or their Canadian representative will need to register with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), the administrative authority responsible for electrical safety in Canada.

Registration Cost and Where to register

Registration before August 30 is mandatory even if your device is already cleared for sale by Health Canada. Initial registration is CAN$350 per manufacturer and the yearly renewal will cost CAN$300.

The online registration form will be available on the ESA website starting April 1.

You should update your ISO 13485:2003 quality system procedure for incident reporting as needed.

Only applies to

Just to reiterate, this regulation only applies to medical devices with an electrical component being sold in Ontario.

Source:ESA website