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NORMAN Workshop on Non-Target Screening for Regulators: How can non-target screening techniques support environmental monitoring and chemicals management?

25 October 2018, Brussels, Belgium



This workshop is organised by the NORMAN Network with special support by the German Environment Agency (UBA) to inform regulatory agencies and policy-makers about recent advances in the application of Non-Target Screening (NTS) techniques and to discuss with them the potential use of Non-Target Screening data for environmental monitoring and chemicals management.

Further to recent important technological developments, Non-Target Screening techniques based on high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) are now increasingly discussed as an innovative tool to help characterise the universe of chemicals present in our environment and enable rapid assessment of potentially harmful chemical exposures. But these recent technological advances need to be accompanied by the development of standardised methods, databases and computational tools to support the measurement, evaluation of analytical results, identification of substances, data storing and data sharing for further investigation purposes. 

Topics for presentations of practical experiences and discussions include:

  • Use of Non-Target Screening in support of environmental and chemical legislation - what can be done, what can´t be done?
  • Early warning and rapid assessment of emerging contaminants in the environment;
  • Characterising the universe of chemicals in the environment;
  • Data storage and data sharing – digital sample freezing –to make the most of analytical efforts now and in the future.

Plenty of room will be given to discuss how this new approach can support environmental research and regulation.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please reply to the NTS Workshop questionnaire by 5 October 2018.

The workshop programme will be published soon.