Can we afford not to monitor priority pollutants

24-25 November 2015

The aim of this Conference was to bring together leading experts in the field of priority substances listed in Annex X of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The event discussed potential issues associated with the implementation of the Directive 2013/39/EC relating to Priority Substances in the field of water policy. It was also intended to help disseminate information on the development and validation of new test methods for monitoring priority pollutants.

This was a conference organised jointly by WSF, EHSC and supported by the SCI. The event took place at the Royal Society of Edinburgh and was sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The poster prize was sponsored by Environmental Science, Water Research and technology journal. The support and assistance of the sponsors is greatly appreciated, without which this event would not have taken place.

The organising committees are grateful to the speakers below for giving up their valuable time to speak on their respective subjects. Some further information on the presentations is available in the downloadable files at the bottom of the page.


An overview of the current and potential future challenges in implementing the priority pollutant provisions of the WFD
Caroline Whalley (European Environment Agency)

Chemical Investigation Programme 2 Scotland
Bess Homer (Scottish Water)

The role of socio-economic analysis
Bill Watts (Formerly Environmental Economist at the Environment Agency of England & Wales)

Challenges in implementing biota EQSs for priority substances
Peter Lepom (Federal Environment Agency (UBA) Germany)

New standardised analytical methods meeting the requirements of the WFD - results of a mandated project of the European Commission (M424)
Ulrich Borchers (IWW Muelheim)

UKWIR Chemical Investigation Program – Emerging outputs and implications
Ian Ridgway (SEPA)

Laboratory challenges in meeting the required priority substances EQS levels
K. Clive Thompson and Paul Gribble (ALcontrol Laboratories)

Sampling aspects and how to ensure fit for purpose sampling scheme
Peter Jones (Scottish Water)

Scottish emerging innovation and research in the area of priority substance management
Diane Duncan (Highlands and Islands Enterprise)