Assay Office Birmingham


Ian Bayley
Quality Manger & Senior Chemist

Ian has a degree in Chemistry and has over 25 years experience in assaying and quality control of precious and non-precious metals.

He is also a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and has attained the level of membership of “Chartered Chemist”. He also has membership of The Chartered Quality Institute and Chartered Management Institute, is an affiliate of the Trading Standards Institute and is involved with their Business Members Group. 
Ian has a long history of being involved with the national standards body, the British Standards Institute (BSI), as a member of the committee involved with the review and development of national and international standards concerned with specifications and test methods for jewellery and horology.

He has been directly involved with the initial development and ongoing revision of standards to determine compliance with the Nickel Regulations at both national (BSI) and European (CEN) levels for over 10 years, whilst promoting the need for standard testing regimes and best practice through the nickel working group in the UK. This work, combined with the development of the Quick nickel release tests has ensured that our laboratory continues to remain at the forefront of nickel testing.

Ian is also our principal contact with Trading Standards officers, co-operating with enforcing the requirements of the Hallmarking Act and all manner of E.U. Regulations and Directives, carrying out testing, providing reports and witness statements and attending Court as an expert witness.
He is responsible for the Assay Office's business management systems, certified and accredited to ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 respectively, both at Head Office and the satellite locations, carrying out analytical test procedures and developing new processes. Our quality management systems have expanded considerably as we continue to increase our portfolio of UKAS accredited and internationally recognised tests in response to increasing customer demand. He also successfully developed our systems to the standard required for certification by the RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council), which promotes responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices in a transparent and accountable manner throughout the industry. Quality is everyone’s responsibility and Ian ensures that it is always at the forefront of our business philosophy.

Ian also contributes to the training team, where he enjoys the opportunity to share his knowledge of testing with delegates. In his capacity as a Science and Engineering Ambassador he also works with school children and university students on a variety of projects.

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