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European Analytical Quality Control in support of the Water Framework Directive via the Water Information System for Europe

Objective

The implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires the design of monitoring programmes for all Member States. The effectiveness of this implementation will highly depend on the ability of Member States' laboratories to measure chemical, biological and ecological changes of the quality of Community waters. As such data are the basis for regulatory decisions and measures required to achieve WFD environmental objectives, appropriate analytical quality assurance and control (QA/QC) has to be established across all EU monitoring laboratories.

Consequently, the objectives of EAQC-WISE are:
- to study existing QC tools and systems and scientific outputs suitable to set up a QC system to support the WFD implementation and future EU soil monitoring,
- to undertake research surveys to identify QC gaps, notably for pre-normative research on difficult parameters and sampling operations with emphasis on priority substances and pollutants of Annex VIII, biological and ecological parameters in water, biota and soil,
- to recommend key steps of a QC system that would provide confidence in the whole analytical process, from sampling to reporting, for chemical and biological parameters from monitoring at river basin scale as well as at European scale,
- to exemplify the feasibility of the proposed system through a series of case studies and if necessary through additional demonstrator experiments, such as a sequence of pan-European comparison for sampling and trace analysis of selected components integrated with detailed scientific evaluations and training components,
- to carry out an impact assessment of such a QC system ensuring data comparability at European level.

The main output will be a blue print of an efficient and potentially sustainable QC system for WFD implementation. It will be disseminated via CIRCA and the WISE portal.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SSP-4
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
Address
39-43, Quai André Citroën - Tour Mirabeau
Paris
France

Participants (17)

AQUACHECK LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Europa Business Park, Barcroft Street
Bury, Lancashire
BOKU - UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
Wien
COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi, 200
Brussels
ECOLOGIC - INSTITUT FUER INTERNATIONALE UND EUROPAEISCHE UMWELTPOLITIK GGMBH
Germany
Address
Pfalzburgerstr 43-44
Berlin
ENTE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L' ENERGIA E L'AMBIENTE
Italy
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel, 76
Roma
ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE, S.R.O.
Slovakia
Address
Okruzna 784/42
Kos
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT INDUSTRIEL ET DES RISQUES
France
Address
Parc Technologique Alata
Verneuil En Halatte
KEMIJSKI INSTITUT LJUBLJANA SLOVENIJA (NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHEMISTRY SLOVENIA)
Slovenia
Address
Hajdrihova 19
Ljubljana
LGC LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Queens Road
Teddington Middlesex
MERMAYDE
Netherlands
Address
Zakedijkje 60
Bergen
NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR FISHERIES RESEARCH
Netherlands
Address
Haringkade 1
Ijmuiden
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHES INSTITUT FUER WASSERFORSCHUNG GEMEINNUETZIGE GMBH
Germany
Address
Moritzstrasse 26
Muelheim An Der Ruhr
SVERIGES PROVNINGS- OCH FORSKNINGSINSTITUT AB
Sweden
Address
Brinellgatan 4
Boraas
UMWELTBUNDESAMT
Germany
Address
Woerlitzer Platz 1
1406 Dessau
UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Poland
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
Warszawa
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG
Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1087
Amsterdam
WRC PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Frankland Road, Blagrove
Swindon