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Workshop on monitoring strategies for biocides

Workshop on environmental monitoring of biocides in Europe - from prioritisation to measurements
Berlin (DE), 5-6 November 2012

The European Biocidal Product Directive 98/8/EC (BPD) on placing biocidal products on the market was adopted in 1998 and subsequently transposed into national law by the EU member states. It will be replaced by EU regulation No 528/2012 which will be applied from September 1, 2013. Further to the implementation of the BPD a number of substances has already been withdrawn from the market, or will be withdrawn soon as a consequence of non-inclusion decisions. Additionally, the use of certain biocidal substances will be restricted by risk mitigation schemes.

Environmental monitoring can help in assessing whether the implementation of the BPD has positive effects on the environmental quality (Are lower concentrations detected in recent years?), whether there is a risk (Are the measured environmental concentrations below the derived PNEC?), and whether the exposure estimations applied for risk assessment are realistic (Are the modelling results consistent with the monitoring data?).

This international workshop was held jointly by the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) and the NORMAN network. About 65 experts from 11 member states representing research institutes, government agencies, industry and consulting organisations participated in the workshop. The workshop programme included three break-out sessions on: Prioritisation of biocides for monitoring; Practical aspects of sampling and analysis; Databases and exchange of monitoring data.

The workshop was intended as a kick-off to stimulate joint activities between European countries on biocide monitoring, including prioritisation, sampling and analytical methods development and establishment of a common database and data exchange facilities (e.g., organised by NORMAN).


Workshop flyer

Workshop Report (abstracts, conclusions from break-out groups, workshop summary)



MONDAY, November 5, 2012

Welcome Address: Petra Greiner - Umweltbundesamt, Dessau-Rosslau (DE)


Session I - General aspects of (biocide) monitoring

Session II – biocide monitoring in surface waters

Session III – Biocide monitoring in soils, urban environments and biota

Chair: Ingrid Nöh - Umweltbundesamt, Dessau-Rosslau (DE)


TUESDAY, November 6, 2012

Session IV – Introduction to break-out groups

Parallel break-out groups

Reports from break-out groups in the plenary and discussion

Conclusions and closure of the workshop




Workshop registration form

Abstract template


Map - from hotel Amano to Informal meeting - 4th Nov
Map - from hotel Amano to Workshop venue
Schedule - Public transport from Amano to Workshop venue
Map - from hotel Amano to Workshop dinner - 5th Nov

Monday, 5 November 2012 to Tuesday, 6 November 2012