SATRA has collaborated with FindSourcing, an online platform that makes it easier to find a partner in the footwear industry while ensuring transparency in the sourcing process. With travel restrictions and so many exhibitions being

cancelled around the world, companies within the footwear industry have had to adapt to different ways of both marketing their products and buying what they need. SATRA therefore recognises the value of an online resource to enable the easy identification of a supplier of shoemaking components, materials or finished footwear – or to achieve greater exposure to potential customers as a producer. Suppliers of finished footwear, components, materials and leather

can sign up at no cost to create a FindSourcing profile and have their information indexed. Buyers can filter their searches and contact sellers directly via the system’s database. The program also features a quotation function permitting a buyer to submit details of his or her requirements and receive offers from suppliers. FindSourcing will then connect the buyer directly with the seller. SATRA members who choose to participate can be identified through a

specific filter search and highlight their membership, laboratory accreditation and leather grading status on their profile. For further information on this new benefit, please email SATRA at

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elcome to the

Winter issue of Industrial Compliance. As I write this, we are at the

midpoint of a second lockdown in England. But the efficacy of two vaccine candidates is bringing hope that an end to the pandemic may be in sight. Until then, measures like social distancing and facemasks are likely to be with us for the forseeable future. But how do you measure compliance of COVID-19 safety guidelines in the workplace? We caught up with Empiricai’s Salman Chaudhary to find out if artificial intelligence could hold the answer. Find out more on page 24.

Victoria White - Editor

TÜV SÜD UK has launched a UKCA Technical Advisory service to help businesses meet the new conformity assessment requirements for goods being placed on the UK market from 1 January 2021. Although the UKCA mark will

replace the EU’s CE marking, different rules apply to different products and UK nations. For example, some goods will have to apply the UKCA marking immediately, whereas others have a year’s transition period lasting until 1st January 2022. Likewise, while the UKCA marking will apply in England, Scotland and Wales, CE marking will continue to be accepted in Northern Ireland. Mary Grigsby, head of TÜV SÜD

UK’s Product Service division, said: “For businesses supplying the UK


market there are still a lot of unanswered questions and misleading information. It is therefore vital that they are properly prepared if they still want to be selling products on the UK market. Our team operates across many industries and has an in-depth understanding of UKCA technical and commercial requirements. We can help businesses to understand the rules that apply to different products and support them through the steps to compliance.”

As TÜV SÜD holds dual

accreditation as a UKCA Approved Body and CE marking Notified Body, it can therefore continue to support manufacturers, importers and retailers to maintain CE certification for EU markets, as well as gain UKCA approval.


The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is launching a “manual” of best mechanical engineering practice and approaches for dealing with COVID-19, focusing on how to ensure people stay safe during the pandemic. The manual is the work of the Institution’s COVID-19 task force which

started work earlier this year when the crisis first struck. Members of the Institution have been involved in efforts worldwide to

defeat the virus, from helping to set up hospitals in the UK and Hong Kong to building ventilators in India. They have also contributed to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) which gives scientific and technical advice to the UK Government. “Members of the Institution are making a major contribution to

finding mechanical engineering approaches and solutions to the problems caused by COVID-19,” said Prof Joe McGeough, a past President of the Institution who leads the task force. “This manual brings together best practice across many areas from

around the globe. It highlights how engineers have worked to ensure that science is leading to practical solutions and also it considers how people in


different parts of the world have reacted to the pandemic and what impact this has had.” The document highlights the work that

is being undertaken in a range of areas from virus transmission to building ventilation and air cleaning, to give a better understanding of what people and organisations can do to stay safe. It also looks at how biomedical

engineering is contributing to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Institution have been involved in developing new breathing devices to help patients, in one case building on existing patents to build a new device in less than two weeks. 19-manual


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