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NORMAN Bulletin

The NORMAN Bulletin on Emerging Substances – the successor publication to the original 5-issue NORMAN Newsletter series – addresses various topics, on each of which a NORMAN expert team prepares a note with an overview of the latest scientific findings, gaps and priority research needs. Our main objective is to contribute to the maintenance of a "constant scientific watch" and to the wider dissemination of information on recent scientific publications, research projects, etc. in the field of emerging pollutants.

The Bulletin is disseminated to environment and health agencies, public authorities managing chemical contaminants, etc., and is made available on this website.


23 Sep 2016: New Bulletin issue N°5
In this issue you will find:

Editorial by Jan KOSCHORRECK, Umweltbundesamt (Germany) - Member of the NORMAN steering committee

► Scientific watch

  • A national reconnaissance of neonicotinoid insecticides in streams of the United States 
  • Pharmaceuticals in the environment - Global occurrences and perspectives  
  • Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances on the market and in the Swedish environment 
  • Investigation of PCB sources in rivers using passive sampling 
  • New developments in oestrogen and Endocrine Disrupting Compound (EDC) monitoring: towards regulatory options for water quality management 
  • CRED: Criteria for Reporting and Evaluating ecotoxicity Data 
  • Polarity-extended chromatographic separations: a novel view on trace organic compounds in environmental samples 
  • Environmental monitoring of biocides in Europe: compartment-specific strategies - Workshop report (25-26 June 2015, Berlin) 

► Projects

  • FOR-IDENT - Platform International hunt for unknown molecules combining international workflows and software tools 
  • StARE - Stopping Antibiotic Resistance Evolution: a water JPI project 
  • PROMOTE - Protecting water resources from mobile trace chemicals
  • ANSWER - Antibiotics and mobile resistance elements in wastewater reuse applications: risks and innovative solutions 

► Working Group Activities

  • NORMAN WG-3: Effect-directed analysis supporting monitoring of the aquatic environment - An in-depth overview 
  • NORMAN WG-6: Emerging substances in the indoor environment 
  • NORMAN Cross-working group activity on passive sampling: current context and objectives 

► Life of the network

► Forthcoming events


11 Mar 2015: New Bulletin issue N°4
In this issue you will find:

Editorial by Valeria DULIO , Executive Secretary of the NORMAN network, INERIS, France

► Scientific watch

  • How to substitute hazardous chemicals? The search for environmentally compatible flame retardants
  • Investigating the occurrence of C8-based perfluorinated substitutes in Italian waters 
  • New automated extraction method to analyse synthetic musk compounds in environmental water samples
  • Pharmaceuticals and other contaminants of emerging concern in landfill leachate of the United States
  • Fate of phthalates and bisphenol A in the environment: the Seine River basin as an experimental field
  • Emerging risks and benefits of nanopesticides from an environmental perspective
  • Fate of silver nanoparticles in urban water systems
  • Microplastics in the continental area: an emerging challenge
  • The NORMAN interlaboratory study on biotesting of spiked water extracts
  • NORMAN WG-5: Wastewater reuse and contaminants of emerging concern
  • NORMAN goes Non-target
  • COST Action ES1205 (ENTER) and NORMAN WG-4: The status quo and future needs 

► Projects

  • Joint Danube Survey 3: Results of the world’s biggest river expedition
  • SOLUTIONS for present and future emerging pollutants in land and water resources management
  • The French Watch List for the 2nd WFD cycle
  • CAPACITIE: Cutting-Edge Approaches for Pollution Assessment of Cities
  • SCORE: Flushing out Europe’s drug habits
  • The first full-scale advanced ozonation plant in the Dübendorf WWTP running; the new Swiss water protection act approved

► Life of the network

► Forthcoming events


4 May 2012: New Bulletin issue N°3
In this issue you will find:

Editorial by Werner BRACK , Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

Scientific watch

  • Environmental monitoring of biocides: an emerging issue?
  • Use of environmental specimen banks for investigations on emerging substances: examples for freshwater fish monitoring studies
  • A watch list of emerging pollutants for surface water monitoring in France
  • Effect-directed analysis of complex environmental contamination
  • NORMAN MassBank: Towards a community-driven, open-access accurate mass spectral database for the identification of emerging pollutants
  • What is the optimal strategy for using biomonitoring to assess human exposure to emerging contaminants?
  • Interlaboratory Study on passive sampling of emerging pollutants organised by the NORMAN Association and European DG Joint Research Centre in support of  the Common Implementation Strategy of the Water Framework Directive
  • New guidelines for naming perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) promote a unified understanding
  • Engineered nanoparticles in the environment: 2nd Workshop on "Engineered nanoparticles in the environment; analysis, occurrence and impacts" - NORMAN WG4


  • EDA-EMERGE: Innovative biodiagnosis meets chemical structure elucidation - Novel tools in effect-directed analysis to support the identification and monitoring of emerging toxicants on a European scale

Forthcoming events

28 Apr 2011: New Bulletin issue N°2
In this issue you will find:

Editorial by Valeria DULIO , Executive Secretary of the NORMAN network, INERIS, France

Scientific watch

  • Siloxanes: Cyclic methyl volatile siloxanes (cVMS) in the environment

  • Use of environmental specimen banks for investigations on emerging pollutants - recent case studies and outlook for future applications

  • Current concerns related to wastewater reuse and xenobiotics

  • Organophosphorous flame retardants

  • Position Paper on Passive Sampling of Emerging Pollutants in the Aquatic Environment: State of the Art and Perspectives

  • Workshop on Engineered Nanoparticles in the Environment: Analysis, Occurrence and Impacts

  • TransCon2011 Environmental Transformation of Organic Compounds: Towards a Joint Perspective on the Importance of the Importance of Transformation products as Environmental Contaminants


  • ENFIRO project, Life Cycle Assessment of Environment-Compatible Flame Retardant - Prototypical Case Study

  • PHARMAS project, Ecological and Human Risk Assessment of Antibiotics and Anti-cancer Drugs in the Environment

Life of the network

  • Milestones and achievements in 2010

Forthcoming events


22 Dec 2009: New Bulletin issue N°1


NORMAN Project Newsletters

27 Jan 2009: Newsletter Issue n°5

30 May 2008: Newsletter Issue n°4

03 Jan 2008: Newsletter Issue n°3

02 Mar 2007: Newsletter Issue n°2

06 Jul 2006: Newsletter Issue n°1