Can we afford not to monitor Priority Pollutants?

12 November 2014

This was a conference organised jointly by WSF and SCI. The aim of the conference was to bring together leading experts in the field of priority substances listed in Annex Xof the Water Framework Directive (WFD) to discuss the potential issues associated with the implementation of the Directive 2013/39/EC relating to priority substances in the field of water policy.


  • Keynote lecture
    An overview of the current and potential future problems in implementing the priority pollutant provisions of the WFD
    Geerit Niebeek, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment 

  • Session 1 - Policy issues:
    Introduced by David Taylor, Chairman - RSC EHSC Policy Group 

  • Strategy for the selection and prioritisation of priority pollutants
    Paul Whitehouse, Environment Agency Evidence Directorate 

  • The role of socio-economic analysis
    Bill Watts, Formerly Chief Environmental Economist at the Environment Agency 

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

  • Session 2 - Sampling and analysis issues:
    Introduced by Martin Padley, United Utilities 

  • 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
    Mike Gardner, Regulatory Compliance - Atkins Limited 

  • 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 theme
    Tim White, Marquis & Lord

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Conference notes
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