Scientific Services represent UK at European Standardisation Meeting

24 July 2014

Ian Barnabas (Scientific Support Laboratory Manager) recently attended a CEN European standardisation meeting held in Oslo, Norway, representing the UK on behalf of the British Standards Institute (BSI).

As chair of the BSI Water Quality committee responsible for the UK′s input into developing new standards for chemical analysis, Ian attended the 2 day meeting which focused on new standards to analyse priority pollutants detailed in the Water Framework Directive (WFD).

Experts from across Europe attended the meeting which included delegates from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Sweden along with several attendees from the host nation. The group discussed new standards for the analysis of:

  • Organochlorine Pesticides (OCPs)
  • Tributyl Tin (TBT)
  • Brominated Diphenyl Ethers (BDEs)
  • Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)

    Although routine in many labs, the new standards will meet the challenging low detection limits required by the WFD and will also be able to analyse unfiltered ′whole water′ samples as this is a key requirement of the revised directive.

    Ian commented "the meeting in Oslo was a real success with consensus being reached with our European colleagues on several of the key technical issues across the four standards the group are currently developing. The next stage of the process was to test the methods across Europe by an extensive inter-laboratory trial which has taken place in June. I′m also pleased to see that Northumbrian Water Scientific Services has been able to take part in the trial and produce data from the UK which will form part of the standards".

    More information on the work that BSI carried out developing standards for Water Quality parameters can be found here.

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