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

In our March issue we mentioned that legislation up to now was not an important driving force for performing speciation analysis. Some rules for elemental species our under discussion since quite some years. This is for example the case for hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen that unfortunately is sometimes in our drinking water. Based on new science on chromium-6, U.S. EPA began a rigorous and comprehensive review of its health effects in 2008 but still only has recommended for enhanced monitoring. Now, the California Department of Public Health has submitted a final regulation setting a limit of 10 parts per billion for hexavalent chromium in public drinking water supplies (see the News below).

While arsenic is sometimes used as a synonym for "toxin", the toxicity of arsenic is highly dependent on  the species discussed and may differ by orders of magnitude.  In addition, there are large differences in susceptibility to arsenic-induced diseases among individuals which is frequently associated with different spectra of arsenic metabolism. Recent research shows that the microbiome present in the gut may play a major role in such effects. New results now show that arsenic exposure not only perturbs the microbiome of the mouse gut but also alters its metabolic profile (see the News below).

The 2013 Minamata Convention on Mercury, negotiated through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is meant to reduce the exposure to mercury by limiting its industrial use. Interestingly it fails to include mercury-containing vaccines, responsible for a direct exposure of humans to the highly toxic organomercury compound. In a scientific paper published in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, researchers with the Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs (CoMeD) criticized the use of mercury as a preservative in vaccine for developing countries and call for the establishment of one global standard of vaccine safety (see the News below).


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.

Global policy on the use of mercury as a preservative in vaccine called discriminatory
In a scientific paper published on-line April 11 in the peer-reviewed Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, researchers with the Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs (CoMeD) call for the establishment of one global standard of vaccine safety.

Arsenic’s Toxicity: Microbiome Alterations in the Mouse Gut
Arsenic exposure not only perturbs the microbiome of the mouse gut but also alters its metabolic profile

California to set hexavalent chromium limit for drinking water supplies
The California Department of Public Health has submitted a final regulation setting a limit of 10 parts per billion for hexavalent chromium in public drinking water supplies.

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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BNASS/TraceSpec 2014: Tandem Conference

Date: August 31,2014 - September 4,2014
Location: University of Aberdeen– Aberdeen, Scotland
June 15,2014 Standard registration at reduced fee abstracts

24. ICP-MS Anwendertreffen und
11. Symposium Massenspektrometrische Verfahren
Elementspurenanalyse 2014

Date: September 15,2014 - September 18,2014
Location: HZG Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany
May 31,2014 Submission of abstracts
June 30,2014 Last minute poster abstracts
July 15,2014 Registration

2014 SCIX Conference: Annual National Meeting of the Society
for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) /
The 41st Annual North American Meeting of the Federation
of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS)

Date: September 28,2014 - October 3,2014
Location: Reno, Nevada
April 30,2014 Submission of abstracts for oral presentations
July 31,2014 Submission of abstracts for poster presentationsabstracts

9th Aegean Analytical Chemistry Days (AACD2014)

Date: September 29,2014 - October 3,2014
Location: Aegean island of Chios, Greece
June 12,2014 Abstract submission deadline

Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference related to speciation
analysis is missing in our Agenda.

17th Radiochemical Conference
Location: Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic
Date: 11.05.2014 - 16.05.2014

HPLC 2014, International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques
Location: New Orleans, USA
Date: 11.05.2014 - 15.05.2014

Spectr'Atom 2014
Location: Palais Beaumont, Pau, France
Date: 22.05.2014 - 23.05.2014

IAP 2014: International Conference on Interfaces against Pollution
Location: De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Date: 25.05.2014 - 28.05.2014

7th Nordic Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Loen, Norway
Date: 01.06.2014 - 04.06.2014

DUST 2014: International Conference on Atmospheric Dust
Location: Castellaneta Marina, Italy
Date: 01.06.2014 - 06.06.2014


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