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Traceable measurements for monitoring critical pollutants under the European Water Framework Directive (WFD 2000/60/EC)

The Joint Research Project (JRP) ENV08 “Traceable measurements for monitoring critical pollutants under the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) 2000/60/EC” is a multi-partner trans-national project within the targeted call “Environment” of the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP). The EMRP represents a metrology-focused European programme of coordinated research and development that facilitates closer integration of the research programmes of the National Metrology Institutes (NMIs).

The WFD specifies a list of 33 priority water pollutants. For these substances, Environmental Quality Standards (EQS), equivalent to the maximum allowable concentrations, had been defined at very low levels. EQS values refer to the whole water body, i.e. include contaminants which are associated to suspended solids or colloids present in the natural water. For several priority pollutants primary analytical methods capable of measuring the target analytes at EQS level in natural water are still missing. The JRP will develop and validate such methods for three selected compounds, namely Tributyltin (TBT), Polybrominated Diphenylether (PBDE) and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH).

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Furthermore, the JRP aims to develop concepts for the preparation of reference materials (RM) which contain the target analytes at EQS level in a matrix as close as possible to natural water. Such materials serve as a Quality Assurance tool for monitoring laboratories to assess their measurement capabilities. The JRP therefore helps to implement the WFD and to improve the quality of measurements carried out by test laboratories in the field of water analysis and helps to achieve the final objective of WFD, namely good quality of surface, ground and coastal water in the EU by 2015.

ENV08 is coordinated by the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and involves 13 European institutes.

Summary of the project

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Title: Traceable measurements for monitoring critical pollutants under the European Water Framework Directive (WFD 2000/60/EC)
Acronym: WFD
Number: ENV08
Duration: Oct 2011 – Sept 2014

Latest news

2014-09-25      Stakeholder workshop, Berlin, Germany (agenda)
2014-02-03/04 Progress meeting, Teddington, UK
2013-05-28/29 Progress meeting, Berlin, Germany
2012-10-31      Progress meeting, Berlin, Germany
2012-07-24      A Research Excellence Grant has been awarded to Dr Andres Rodriguez Cea, University of Oviedo (Uniovi), Spain
2012-07-18      A Research Mobility Grant has been awarded to Dr Boriana Kotzeva, Bulgarian Institute of Metrology (BIM), Bulgaria
2012-01-30      Progress meeting, Biarritz, France
2011-10-14      Kick-off meeting, Berlin, Germany: photograph of participants (link)

  

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ENV08 WFD Coordinator

BAM Federal Institute for
Materials Research and Testing

Dr. rer. nat.
Rosemarie Philipp
Richard-Willstätter-Straße 11
12489 Berlin
phone:
+49 30 8104-5893
email:
Rosemarie.Philipp@bam.de

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