The European Commission, DG XXIV, has published an invitation to tender for a pilot programme for testing the quality of drinking water in Belgium, Northern Italy and Southern Spain. The objective of this study is to develop and execute a pilot programme of technical checks of the quality of drinking water (tap water and bottled water) in three Member States/regions: Belgium, Northern Italy and Southern Spain, with a view to obtaining reliable and comparable data on drinking water quality in urban pilot areas which can be used to provide reliable information to consumers about the quality of their drinking water. The research programme will consist of the following elements: - a) Development of a methodological and operational framework for tap water and bottled water testing in selected cities; - b) Execution of tests over a one-year period; - c) Analysis of the data obtained from the testing programme; - d) Comparison of the data obtained with other publicly available data and reports. The contract should be completed within 18 months. Tender specifications may be obtained from: European Commission DG XXIV - Consumer policy and health protection Ms. A. Braun Unit A/5 200 rue de la Loi (RP-3 7/13) B-1049 Brussels Fax +32-2-2991856 Completed tenders should be sent to the same address.