Seminars address EU Water Framework Directive

A SERIES of seminars being held in European cities in 2012 will focus on the EU Water Framework Directive and the recent changes it has made to regulations covering water analysis across the continent. These have important ramifications for laboratories performing routine water analysis.

The seminars, ‘New Frontiers in Water Analysis’, are hosted by Thermo Fisher. The series began today (20 March 2012) in Nieuwegein, Netherlands, and Paris, France, and will continue in other locations. Among those announced today are Lyon, Rome, Milan, Prague, Budapest, Madrid, Barcelona, and Vienna. Further dates and venues are expected.

The EU Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC) is a central policy of the European Union, under which waterways are protected and monitored against pollution.

These seminars will present guest speakers, along with Thermo Fisher specialists, to outline techniques for the detection of contaminants including agricultural residues, detergents and their byproducts, endocrine disruptors, and other trace elements. Chromatography, mass spectrometry, and laboratory information management systems (Lims) software will all be discussed in the contect of their application to water monitoring, and novel approaches to non-targeted screening using Thermo’s Orbitrap mass analyser technology will be included.

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