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

Mercury is a global pollutant. In order to reduce mercury release to the environment, an international treaty called "Minamata Convention" has been put in action that entered into force on 16 August 2017 with ratification by over 50 countries. During the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Mercury COP1) that was held from 24-29 September 2017 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, delegates were asked to volunteer to have hair samples taken and analyzed for total mercury concentration (THg). The results of the analysis have now been reported (see the news below). The results demonstrate that no region of the world where delegates live is protected from mercury exposure,

We frequently reported about gadolinium. Gadolinium-based contrast agents are used to improve the imaging quality of MRI scans used for medical diagnostics. It was recently reported that small amounts of gadolinium remain in the brain for long times leading to accumulation when GBCA are used repeatedly. It was also reported that linear GBCA show more pronounced retention than macrocyclic ones. Rule makers in Europe, USA and Japan have reacted in different ways to address potential health risks (see the news below).

We thank you all for your interest and your fidelity and we hope that we can meet your expectation also during the next year.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous Year 2018

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.

New rules for gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI
The human health related rule makers in Europe, USA and Japan have addressed potential risk resulting from gadolinium retention following administration of gadolinium-based contrast agents used to enhance the diagnostic information value of MRI scans.

New Study Reveals Dangerous Mercury Levels Among Delegates at Minamata Mercury Convention COP1
Evidence that mercury, a neuro-toxic metal, poses a global health threat to all was underscored by a report released yesterday summarizing the results of a study analyzing the mercury body burdens among delegates to the world’s first mercury treaty. The study detected mercury levels above health alert thresholds in over half of the global policy decision-makers tested at the first Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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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ISONOSE: International Conference and Final ISONOSE Workshop
Date:     January 8,2018 - January 11,2018
December 15,2017    Registration

Date:     January 23,2018 - January 24,2018
Location:     The David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
December 28,2017    Early registration at reduced fee

Pittcon 2018
Date:     February 26,2018 - March 1,2018
Location:     Orlando, FL, USA
December 1,2017    Submission of late abstracts
February 5,2018    Early registration at reduced fee

ESAS & CANAS 2018 & Anwendertreffen Plasmaspektrometrie
Date:     March 20,2018 - March 23,2018
Location:     Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) Berlin, Germany
December 13,2017    Extended: Submission of abstracts
December 21,2017    Notification of acceptance
January 10,2018    Early registration

As 2018: The 7th International Congress & Exhibition On “Arsenic In The Environment"
Date:     July 1,2018 - July 6,2018
Location:     Beijing, China
December 15,2017    Notification of acceptance
December 20,2017    Early registration at reduced fee
January 15,2018    Regular registration

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

2018 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Amelia Island, Florida
Date: 08.01.2018 - 13.01.2018

ISONOSE: International Conference and Final ISONOSE Workshop
Location: Sorèze, France
Date: 08.01.2018 - 11.01.2018

Location: The David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: 23.01.2018 - 24.01.2018

HTC-15: International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology
Location: Cardiff, UK
Date: 24.01.2018 - 26.01.2018

Pittcon 2018: 69th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Location: Orlando, FL, USA
Date: 26.02.2018 - 01.03.2018

ESAS & CANAS 2018 & Anwendertreffen Plasmaspektrometrie
Location: Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) Berlin, Germany
Date: 20.03.2018 - 23.03.2018


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