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

Mankinds capacity to change things based on scientific knowledge seems to be rather limited. One problem is that knowledge is not universal but a matter of discussion. Another point is that politicians and rulemakers are seldom basing their decision on science.   

For 8 years US Pharmacopeia (USP) was discussing what to do with a 100 years old method for heavy metal testing in pharmaceuticals that without doubt is no longer state-of-the-art ! The test, meant to assure safety of the consumer with respect to absence of toxic metal species in pharmaceuticals, is based on visual inspection of a sulfide precipitate. Unfortunately the method does not differentiate between metals, their species nor does it quantify their concentrations and therefore is not very informative. Indeed, the fact that the test never gave any alarming result during the last decades is challenging our confidence in  product safety. Now USP has triggered the long process of changing this procedure (see the News section). USP decided to build their new approach on a well established concept of the last century: determination of toxic metals by atomic spectrometry. Unfortunately such approach does not really recognize the decisive role of species with respect to toxicity. Anyhow, jumping directly into the 21st century is maybe too far for a first step after 100 years...

The next important meeting at which the state-of-the-art of atomic spectrometry and their role for speciation analysis will be discussed is the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, taking place February 15-20, 2009 in  Graz, Austria. The EVISA team will be present...

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous Year 2009.

Your EVISA team


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.

A short review of EVISA's activities during the year 2008
The second year of successful operation of EVISA's German office in Münster. A good reason to proudly look back for a short moment and review the passing year.

New study investigates the interaction of thimerosal with proteins
The interaction of thimerosal, an ethylmercury-containing bactericide and fungicide used as preservative in vaccines and other drugs, with free thiols in proteins has been investigated by means of molecular mass spectrometry and elemental speciation analysis.

Improving the Determination of Toxic Metal Species in Drugs
New standards proposed by U.S. Pharmacopeia will change how drugmakers analyze and report metal impurities

High level of inorganic arsenic in blue mussels from Norwegian Fjords
The National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES) has measured the level of inorganic arsenic in farmed blue mussels from Norwegian fjords. Occasionally, unusually high levels of arsenic were found in blue mussels from some locations in the Sogne Fjord and the Hardanger Fjord. The findings are not considered to be of significance with respect to food safety.

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.

EspeQBrasil 2008: 1st Brazilian Meeting on Chemical Speciation
Location: Sao Pedro, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Date: 14.12.2008 - 17.12.2008

ISRANALYTICA 2009, the 12th Annual Meeting of the Israel Analytical Chemistry Society
Location: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Date: 20.01.2009 - 21.01.2009

2009 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting: Aquatic biogeochemistry as only skin deep
Location: Nice, France
Date: 25.01.2009 - 30.01.2009

ANZSMS22: 22nd biennial mass spectrometry conference in Australia and New Zealand
Location: Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Date: 27.01.2009 - 30.01.2009

European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Graz, Austria
Date: 15.02.2009 - 20.02.2009

CIA-2009: 5. Conference über Ionenanalyse
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: 02.03.2009 - 04.03.2009

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 !


NIFES: Arsenolipids in fish oil, fish feed, fish and other seafood
A PhD position is available at NIFES on the project “Arsenolipids in fish oil, fish feed, fish and other seafood”. This is a three year project in collaboration with the National Food Institute, the Technical University Denmark, Copenhagen (DTU Food). The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and managed by NIFES. The PhD position will be a part of the Seafood Safety group. The PhD period is three years, and the primary work location will be NIFES.


LCABIE, University of Pau, France: Analytical Chemist
A 2 years postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated individual to develop new analytical and experimental methods to evaluate environmental and metabolic processes of organomercury (methylHg) and organotin (butylSn) compounds. The work will be included in the project IDEA (Isotopic Deconvolution for Environmental and Analytical Chemistry of Organometallic Pollutants) supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR).


Philips Research Europe: Analyst (temporary)
Within the department Analytical Chemistry of MiPlaza, part of Philips Research, a temporary function is available until the end of 2008. Prolongation for 2009 is possible.


Trent University: Senior ICP-MS Scientist
The Worsfold Water Quality Centre at Trent University is seeking applications for a Senior ICP-MS Scientist. This is a full time permanent staff position, and is available immediately. Salary will be in commensurate with qualification and experience.

Nestlé Research Center (NRC), Lausanne, Switzerland: Project Manager / Inorganics analytical scientist
Nestlé, a food, nutrition, health and wellness company aims to work with the best scientists in the world. To support its research strategy, the Quality & Safety Department at the NRC is seeking a:
Project Manager / Inorganics analytical scientist who will drive the research and external collaborations in inorganics analytical sciences. He/she will also define analytical strategies to ensure an appropriate application and implementation of international norms, as well as manage recommendations to partners and follow them up.


EVISA's directory of scientist is a versatile tool to facilitate contact with scientists in the field of speciation and related sciences. The directory is fully searchable for names, addresses, research topics etc.  You should bookmark this directory as an always up-to-date address book. (In order to hinder SPAM robots for collecting the E-mail accounts, we hide them in a special format).

More than 250 active scientists in the field of speciation analysis already joined the directory. Join this great directory that is extensively linked to all tye of other information on this site, such as homepages, conferences and literature.

If your entry is still missing in this directory, please contact us at info@speciation.net.


EVISA'S discussion forum provides an open room to talk, to reach others with similar interests, and to find answers to your burning questions. goto forum


EVISA provides an easy access to external information. Our database contains more than 1460 links to relevant information from numerous top scientific resources spread over the whole Web. The database is searchable both via full-text and categories such as elements, type of species and type of information. We are permanently updating our links section.

If your web site is missing here, please e-mail your link information to info@speciation.net.


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