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Priority Substances Directive (EU)

Posted by: Katie Hill
13th Sep 2011
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Priority Substances Directive (EU)

The new framework for setting environmental quality standards to help identify priority substances, and other pollutants, under the Water Framework Directive, and other European water policies, the ‘Priority Substances Directive’, was established on 16 December 2008.

The Annex to this new directive replaces Annex X of the Water Framework Directive referring to the list of priority substances. Under the directive Member States are required to take actions to meet those quality standards by 2015. For this purpose a programme of measures are in place and should become operational by 2012.

In conjunction with the Priority Substances Directive, Commission Directive 2009/90/EC on technical specifications for chemical analysis and monitoring of water status entered into force on 21 August 2009. The objective of this Directive is to establish common quality rules for chemical analysis and monitoring of water, sediment and biota carried out by Member States.

Further information on the Priority Substances Directive can be found here.

A copy of the Priority Substances Directive can be found here.

A copy of Commission Directive on technical specifications for chemical analysis and monitoring of water status can be found here.

Implications for tin? To date tin metal is not included in the list of priority substances and there are no approved methods available for monitoring, and analysis, of tin in environmental matrices.