Project: Metrology for monitoring endocrine disrupting compounds under the Water Framework Directive

Acronym EDC-WFD (Reference Number: 18NRM01)
Duration 01/09/2019 - 31/08/2022
Project Topic Even at ultra-trace levels, oestrogens in watercourses may cause disruptive effects to fish, biodiversity and human fertility. Some of these endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are on a ‘Watch List’ of substances to be monitored under the EU Water Framework Directive, but no standard reference method is available and there’s no consistent monitoring method. There’s also no way to guarantee sample integrity, no quality control tools to ensure test reliability, or standard for measuring EDCs via chemical analysis. To enable compliance with the Directive, the project will develop mass spectrometry-based reference methods to analyse EDCs in water samples. Aqueous reference materials (RM) will also be developed, an inter-laboratory comparison conducted, and input to standards committees fast-tracked. Backed by standards, accurate and reliable measurement data will enable identification of habitats at risk, and policymakers will be better able to protect human health, aquatic environments and biodiversity.
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Network EMPIR
Call EMPIR Call 2018

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais Coordinator France
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Kemijski Institut Partner Slovenia
4 Suomen ymparistokeskus Partner Finland
5 Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu Partner Turkey
6 Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale Partner Italy
7 Institut Jožef Stefan Partner Slovenia
8 Université de Bordeaux Partner France