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Traceable Measurements for Monitoring Critical Pollutants under the European Water Framework Directive


Project timeline
November 2011
35 months
September 2014
General Information
Providing comparable and traceable measurement results for the most important water pollutants in Europe is a requirement of the European Commission in order to assure high water quality related to the directives of the EU (e.g. Water Framework Directive WFD, QA/QC Directive, Drinking water directive). This can only be achieved by the provision of reference measurement standards, whenever possible traceable to the SI, which serve as reference points for the implementation of a traceability infrastructure supporting a monitoring network in Europe. The Project-Partners will develop and validate reference isotope dilution methods capable of analysing priority hazardous substances as specified in the WFD at the proposed low environmental quality standard (EQS) concentrations in the whole water body of ground and surface waters. The work will focus on three analytes (TBT, PBDE, PAH) for which an inventory of CEN/TC 230 – Water Analysis in 2004 has identified a serious lack of applicable standardised analytical methods.
A reference method for coastal water will be provided by Hereon.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaEMRP-185, European Metrology Research Programme
Project TypeResearcher Excellence Grant
Contract NumberENV08-REG1
Co-ordinatorBundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (DE)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Daniel Pröfrock, Institute of Coastal Research, KOC Phone: +49 4152 87 2846 Fax: +49 4152 87 2818
E-mail contact
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Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (DE), European Commission (BE), Finnish Environment Institute SYKE (FI), Istituto Superiore per la Ricerca e la Protezione Ambientale (IT), Jozef Stefan Institute (SI), Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d'Essais (FR), LGC Limited (UK), National Institute of Meteorology (RO), National Metrology Institute of Turkey UME (TR), Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (DE), Umweltbundesamt (DE)
Last Update: 16. April 2021