ICUMSA News n°70 – August 2012

Message from the President


ICUMSA 28th Session – Cambridge 2012

The 28th Session was successfully held at Downing College, Cambridge and was attended by sixty-one delegates from seventeen different countries. Thirteen reports were presented by the ICUMSA Referees together with a Methods Development Workshop given by Dr Roger Wood (S3 Referee).

Seven different analytical equipment manufacturers also supported the Session and had stands demonstrating their equipment within the coffee break area.

A meeting of the European Microbiologists Group was held concurrently with the first day of the Session and again proved a great success.

The Session opened with a welcome evening at Sedgwick Museum of Earth Science and concluded with a visit to British Sugar’s Wissington Factory in Norfolk.

As usual the Proceedings of the Session will be published as soon as possible and everyone will be notified once they are available for purchasing.


Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee approved plans to reorganise and rationalise the Scientific Subjects of ICUMSA, i.e. those beginning with S rather than GS. This change simplifies the current work areas recognising that some subjects have now closed. The current list of subjects is as follows:


S1 Constitution and By-Laws

S2 Oligosaccharides and Polysaccharides

S3 Method Format, Collaborative Testing and Statistical Treatment of Data

S4 Density, Optical Rotation and Refractive Index

S5 Dry Substance

S6 Indirect methods of analysis

S7 Colour, Turbidity and Reflectance Measurement

S8/9 Chromatographic Techniques

S10 Enzymatic and Immunological Methods

S12 Microbiology

S13 Reducing Sugars

S14 Ash


The revised list is as follows:

S1 Constitution and By-Laws

S2 Method Format, Collaborative Testing and Statistical Treatment of Data

S3 Colour, Turbidity and Reflectance Measurement

S4 Physical Methods

S5 Chemical Methods

S6 Microbiology

S7 Indirect methods and New Technologies

S8 Sampling and Sample Preparation


Referees will be assigned to these Subjects and then this will be communicated via email and the ICUMSA website.

Similarly the proposal to continue with the project for re-numbering ICUMSA methods was also approved and this work will take place concurrently with standardising the nomenclature used in the methods. It is envisaged that this will take at least four years to complete and at that time a reissue and renaming of the Methods Book may be appropriate to distinguish the change. The renumbering proposal will be published within the Proceedings so that everyone can see how this may appear. 

It was also agreed by the Executive Committee that the Officers of ICUMSA shall seek advice on what the status of the organisation shall be. Currently, and this has been the case during its entire existence, ICUMSA has no legal status and the Officers feel this needs to be clarified.

Geoff Parkin

President, ICUMSA