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The Commission of the European Communities created in 1972 the first research programme for the protection of the environment along with the first directives regulating environmental issues at Community level and it became rapidly evident that comparable and reliable environmental data are needed to form the basis of policy making and decision taking.

The reference material production capabilities developed at Ispra led very early to requests by external organizations for the organization of interlaboratory exercises and the production and quality testing of the related test materials. The experiences collected during organization and evaluation of such trials, usually at the level of laboratory performance testing or collaborative method validation, prompted the establishment of a project for Analytical Quality Assessment, Control and Assurance in the Mediterranean Basin Countries (AQUACON MedBas).

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Authors: MUNTAU H, JRC-Environment Institute, Ispra (IT);GAWLIK B, JRC-Environment Institute, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18979 EN (2000) 47pp., Euro: FREE of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, DG XII Communication Unit rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2950001 Fax:+32-2-2958220 email:
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