Title: Needs for Reliable Analytical Methods for Monitoring Chemical Pollutants in Surface Water Under the European Water Framework Directive
Authors: LEPOM PeterBROWN BruceHANKE GEORGLOOS ROBERTQUEVAUVILLER PhilippeWOLLGAST JAN
Citation: JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY A vol. 1216 no. 3 p. 302-315
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2009
JRC Publication N°: JRC43879
ISSN: 0021-9673
URI: httpx://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chroma.2008.06.017
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC43879
DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2008.06.017
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: The state of the art in monitoring chemical pollutants to assess water quality status according Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the challenges associated with have been reviewed. The article includes information on Environmental Quality Standards (EQSs) proposed to protect aquatic environment and humans against hazardous substances and the resulting monitoring requirements. Furthermore, minimum performance criteria for analytical methods and quality assurance issues have been discussed. The result of a survey of existing standard methods with focus on European (EN) and international standards (ISO) for the analysis of chemical pollutants in water is reported and the applicability of those methods for the purpose of compliance checking with EQSs is examined. Approximately 75 % of the 41 hazardous substances for which Europe wide EQSs have been proposed can be reliably monitored in water with acceptable uncertainty when applying existing standardised methods. Monitoring in water encounters difficulties, e.g. for short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), tributyltin compounds, certain organochlorine pesticides and six-ring PAHs, mainly for lack of validated, sufficient sensitive, and in routine laboratory conditions applicable methods. As WFD requires monitoring of unfiltered samples for organic contaminants more attention needs to be paid to distribution of chemical pollutants between suspend particulate matter and the liquid phase. Methods allowing complete extraction of organic contaminants from whole water samples are required. From a quality assurance point of view, there is a need to organise interlaboratory comparisons specifically designed to the requirements of WFD (concentrations around EQSs, representative water samples) as well as field trials to compare sampling methodologies. Additional analytical challenges may arise when Member States will have identified their river basin specifi pollutants and after revision of the list of priority substances.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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