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This report describes the performance of methods used in Europe for the enumeration of indicators of faecal contamination in sea water for the monitoring of bathing areas. The report begins with a detailed overview of the state of the art (epidemiology and taxonomy) and a general description of basic principles of the microbiological methods. The strategy of the project was based on a series of method performance studies organized in a central laboratory. All technical and statistical aspects of the projects are detailed. The results of the five collaborative studies and the main conclusions and recommendations for the harmonization of the microbiological methods are drawn. The successive exercises followed a step-by-step approach starting from artificially contaminated sea water to natural sea water.

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Authors: HERNANDEZ J F, Institut Pasteur de Lille (FR);DELATTRE J M, Institut Pasteur de Lille (FR);MAIER E A, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16601 EN (1995) 184pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the SMT Programme Office, European Commission, DG XII-C-5, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE), Fax: +32-2-2958072
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-4454-X
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