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Development of analytical procedures to guarantee quality assurance in international environmental monitoring

Objective


Foreseen Results

Following an initial evaluation of techniques, the project methodology will be established in terms of reporting analytical procedures and storing results. Sample distribution will be carried out by one partner, who will be responsible for sample quality and data security. An initial analysis phase in which current procedures will be used, will be followed by statistical treatment of data, and evaluation during a first workshop. This will lead to improvements in procedures, which will be put in place during a second phase of analysis, coupled to in depth training at the relevant EU laboratories.
Increasing environmental awareness in the CCE/NIS states has brought with it an increased discovery in the number of polluted sites in these lands, and with that a desire to apply the standards and norms which are valid in the EU lands. Harmonization of state legislation with EU legislation has become a goal for many CCE/NIS lands.

While geochemical laboratories often are well equipped in CCE/NIS lands, procedures are not standardised and are open to question. The wide range in analytical techniques and methodology available in these laboratories urgently requires that a standardisation of methods be rigorously tested and implemented in order to improve the comparability of measurements.

The geochemical laboratories of the geological surveys in the EU and CCE/NIS lands are independent and mostly non-profit making. They have the longest experience of any type of laboratory in Europe in analysing soils, sediments, rocks, ores and minerals, and thus are the most suited for environmental evaluation, and are often consulted in matters of dispute. This project is a concerted action, utilizing existing links to provide support and transfer of technical know-how between the EU and CCE/NIS laboratories.

This project is designed to develop protocols for analytical methodologies for solid samples, following recognised procedures which can lead to accreditation of the laboratories, as well as guaranteeing QA and QC. The project will focus on those elements of a known high toxicity, including As. Sb, Cd, Mo, Cu Pb, Zn, Hg, Co, Cr, Ni, V, Se, B, and F.

In order to obtain an efficient management structure, the project has been divided into several distinct phases. It should be noted that all partners have an active role in this concerted action project, which is designed to bring the CCE/NIS laboratories into line with the EU counterparts in terms of QA and QC.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - TNO
Address
97,Terrein University College Utrecht, Gebouw U En W,
3508 TA Utrecht
Netherlands

Participants (10)

A.P. Karpinski All-Russia Geological Research Institute
Russia
Address
74,Sredni Pr.
199026 St. Petersburg
Cesky Geologicky Ustav
Czechia
Address
6,Geologicka
152 00 Praha 5
Geological Survey of Estonia
Estonia
Address
80-82,Kadaka Tee
0026 Tallinn
Geological Survey of Finland
Finland
Address
4,Betonimiehenkuja
02150 Espoo
Geological Survey of Slovak Republic
Slovakia
Address
1,Mlynska Cesta
052 40 Spisska Nova Ves
Hungarian Geological Survey
Hungary
Address

1442 Budapest
Institute of Geology
Lithuania
Address
13,Sevcenkos
2600 Vilnius
Institutul Geologic al României
Romania
Address
1,Caransebeg Straße
78344 Bucharest
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Murchison House, West Mains Roads
EH9 3LA Edinburgh
Panstwowy Institut Geologiczny
Poland
Address
4,Rakowiecka
00 975 Warszawa