Network of reference laboratories, research centres and related organisations for monitoring of emerging environmental substances – NORMAN

Leading organisations:
L'Institut national de l'environnement industriel et des risques (France), Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (France), Institute for Fisheries Research (Netherlands), Umweltbundesamt (Germany), Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), Stockholms Universitet (Sweden), Environmental Institute, s.r.o. (Slovakia), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Germany), Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (Netherlands), Centre national du machinisme agricole, du génie rural, des eaux et des forêts (France), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands), Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wasserforschung gemeinnützige GmbH (Germany), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain), Biosense Laboratories AS (Norway), The Environment Agency (United Kingdom), Výskumného ústavu vodného hospodárstva (Slovakia), NPL Management Ltd (United Kingdom), and European Commission Joint Research Centre (Belgium)


Geographic Area:
British Isles Central Europe Scandinavia Western Europe


To develop and implement a methodology within a network of reference laboratories and related organisations (including standardisation bodies) to enable and improve EU capabilities for monitoring emerging pollutants, thereby ensuring the production of data that are valid, comparable and fit for purpose across EU25.

Target audience:
National/Local decision and policy makers and Scientists

Area of interest:
Occurrence of pharmaceuticals in the environment


1) To organise the EU-wide exchange of information between monitoring experts, environmental agencies and standardisation and regulatory bodies, 2) To facilitate access to existing data/information from research programmes by developing a database of leading European experts, organisations and projects dealing with emerging pollutants; geo-referenced monitoring data; mass spectrometric information on provisionally identified and unknown substances, 3) To develop protocols for validation, harmonisation, and dissemination of chemical and biological monitoring methods (including sampling methodology), 4) To undertake three case studies, involving partners from a wide selection of Member States, enabling benchmarking of the competencies and expertise and foster the transfer of knowledge and techniques.

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HCWH Europe gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the European Commission (EC)’s LIFE+ programme, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) Germany, and the German Environment Agency (UBA). HCWH Europe is solely responsible for the content of this project and related materials. The views expressed do not reflect the official views of the EC, BMU, or UBA.