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Welcome to the April issue of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter.

The new European Legislation regulating Chemicals is in force since June 2007. Now the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is announcing a further detail of the procedure: the fees !

Ten years ago about 40 metric tons of mercury were placed in amalgam fillings in the teeth of US citizens. Just to put that number in relation : the annual figure for industrially sourced mercury pollution deposited in the USA in 1997 was estimated to be in the same order at 52 metric tons (EPA, 1997). Still there is a strong debate about the benefits of amalgam fillings. Now a new study shows that mercury does not stay were once implanted but enters the human body not only via ingestion and inhalation but directly via migration from the amalgam filling entering the blood stream.

Since mercury is one of the strongest neurotoxins, it is our strong believe that not only mercury emission to the environment should be reduced  but even more so mercury should not be implanted into human bodies (amalgam) or injected into the blood stream (thiomersal).

The next important event fully related to speciation analysis and health discussing questions like these is the 4th International Conference on Trace Element Speciation in Biomedical, Nutritional and Environmental Sciences, that will take place at the Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health, Munich-Neuherberg, Germany, May 25-29. Registration is still possible...

Michael Sperling


EVISA is keeping you updated  with what is going on in speciation analysis. In this section you will find news about the most current research results, about trends, legal issues and informations from manufacturers in the field of speciation analysis.

With all the links to further information and publications the News archive is a valuable collection of "hot topics" in speciation analysis. We continuously update even former news with new links and information so that all news are actual all the time.

Microbeam analysis of dental amalgam reveals high mobility of mercury
An International group of scientists studied the mobility of mercury implanted as amalgam fillings into human teeth.

EC publishes new fees and charges for REACH registration
The fees and charges that will be charged for registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals under the new REACH registration procedures have been published yesterday in the Official Journal. The fees and charges will apply with the start of registrations of chemical substances on 1st June 2008 (IP/08/564). The basic registration fee will range from EUR 1,600 for substances produced in volumes below ten tonnes, to EUR 31,000 for those above 1000 tonnes. There will be up to 90% discounts for smaller firms and 25% reduction for firms that cooperate together on registrations. The fees payable to European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki, which will manage these operational processes, was approved by the Committee of Member State representatives in December.

With a list of about 50 current entries EVISA is informing you about interesting events and keeps you updated with their deadlines. By consulting our list of deadlines you won't miss the opportunity for early registration at reduced fee or the chance to submit your contribution in time.
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Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference related to speciation analysis is missing in our Agenda.

ATALANTE 2008: Nuclear Fuel Cycle for a Sustainable Future
Location: Corum, Montpellier, France.
Date: 19.05.2008 - 23.05.2008

2nd Int. Congress: Arsenic in the Environment
Location: Valencia, Spain
Date: 21.05.2008 - 23.05.2008

18th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Technology and Chemistry Europe (SETAC)
Location: Warsaw, Poland.
Date: 25.05.2008 - 29.05.2008

4th International Conference on Trace Element Speciation in Biomedical, Nutritional and Environmental Sciences
Location: GSF National Research Center, Munich-Neuherberg, Germany
Date: 25.05.2008 - 29.05.2008

56th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 01.06.2008 - 05.06.2008

Graduate Course on Speciation and Bioavailability
Location: Wageningen / The Netherlands
Date: 02.06.2008 - 06.06.2008

Currently there is no short course scheduled. However, EVISA and its members are able to organize short courses upon request from customers.
If you are interested in training, please directly contact EVISA.


EVISA provides information about open positions for Ph.D. students, PostDocs and permanent staff in the field of speciation. Looking to fill a vacancy or needing a new career challenge? Either way this service is FREE. Many laboratories and research facilities (from Greenland to Crete) have already found their highly educated stuff through this service by EVISA. If you would like to post an open position here, please contact us at info@speciation.net !


The National Food Institute, Denmark: Detection of nanoparticles in biological samples
The National Food Institute, wishes to appoint a ph.d. fellow with strong analytical competences to the project Establishing a cell-line based testing-system for food-safety of engineered nanoparticles (NanoTest). The position is available from June 1st 2008 to May 31st, 2011.

Trent University: Metal speciation and bioavailability in freshwaters affected by oil sands activities
Trent University is seeking 10 graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) to work as part of multidisciplinary teams on five NSERC-funded strategic research programs in the area of Aquatic Sciences and Aquatic Ecology.

National Oceanograpy Centre, Southampton: Iron biogeochemistry and ocean acidification



University of Southern Denmark: Functionalised gel coated microsensors for dynamic metal speciation analysis
The work involves application of electrochemical techniques to dynamic metal speciation analysis with functionalized microelectrodes to obtain information on the reactivities and fluxes of metal species.



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