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

The European Chemicals Regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) is aiming at the improvement of the protection of human health and the environment from the hazards of chemicals and the enhancement of the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.

Under REACH, the burden of proof for demonstrating the safe use of chemicals has been transferred from Member States to industry to ensure that risks to human health and environment are avoided or adequately controlled. Enterprises that manufacture or import more than one ton of a chemical substance per year will be required to register the chemical in a central database. The deadline for registration ended in June this year.

The REACH regulation went significantly further than other legislations, introducing new ground-breaking principles such as ‘no data, no market’, substitution, building on the precautionary principle and placing the burden of proving the safety of chemicals on companies.

However, an investigation of German authorities [German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) together with the German Environment Agency (UBA)] on the availability of human health and environmental data in the REACH registrations of chemicals regarding their compliance with the requirements on toxicological and eco-toxicological information as laid down in REACH came to the conclusion, that  companies are breaking EU law by marketing hundreds of potentially dangerous chemicals that are widely used in consumer and other products (see the news below).

The European Environmental Bureau has formulated the shortcomings of REACH:

REACH underlying principles are not being applied. The principle of “No data, no market” is not in place as ECHA provides registration numbers, hence access to the market, to all registration dossiers by default, even to incomplete, inadequate and irrelevant dossiers. The burden of proof has not been shifted to industry. The extremely poor information provided by companies in the registration dossiers shifts the burden to Member State authorities and to ECHA Committees to complete the information needed for managing its risks. Although REACH provisions are underpinned by the precautionary principle, it is not being applied when taking decisions on restrictions or granting authorisations. And finally, consumers keep fighting to know. The right to know on substances of very high concern in consumer products is applied as the ‘right to ask’ or ‘the fight to know’ since REACH obligations have shown to be insufficient and its implementation is very poor.

It seems to be clear that great improvements in the implementation of REACH are required in order to assure safety of the consumers.


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 information 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.

One third of all chemicals used in high quantity in Europe is not respecting EU safety laws
According to a three year investigation of the efficacy of REACH regulation by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), companies are breaking EU law by marketing hundreds of potentially dangerous chemicals that are widely used in consumer and other products.

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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6th FFF-MS Workshop
Date:     November 22,2018 - November 23,2018
Location:     Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) in Koblenz, Germany
October 31,2018    Registration

18th European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry 2019
Date:     February 3,2019 - February 8,2019
Location:     Pau, France
October 31,2018    Notification of acceptance for oral and poster presentations
November 15,2018    Early registration at reduced fee
January 10,2019    Submission of abstracts for late poster presentations

Date:     March 25,2019 - March 28,2019
Location:     Münster, Germany
November 17,2018    Submission of abstracts

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

SciX 2018: The Great Scientific Exchange
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Date: 21.10.2018 - 26.10.2018

ISPTS2018: 15th International Symposium on Persistent Toxic Substances
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Date: 06.11.2018 - 09.11.2018

6th FFF-MS Workshop
Location: Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) in Koblenz, Germany
Date: 22.11.2018 - 23.11.2018

18th European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry 2019
Location: Pau, France
Date: 03.02.2019 - 08.02.2019

PittCon 2019: 70th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: 17.03.2019 - 21.03.2019

Location: Münster, Germany
Date: 25.03.2019 - 28.03.2019


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IPREM, Pau, France: Environmental Sciences
The scietific team around Marie-Pierre Isaure at IPREM (Pau, France) is looking for a postdoctorial fellow that will work on both imaging and spectroscopy.

University of Crete: Marie Curie Fellowship
The group of Spiros A. Pergantis is currently seeking junior or experienced post-docs with an excellent track record in Analytical, Bioanalytical or Physical Chemistry, that are eligible and willing to apply for a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship. The group has hosted 5 Marie Curie postdoctoral fellows so far and has the expertise to prepare competitive research proposals under the MSCA scheme for the following research project:
“Ion Mobility Spectrometry on-line with Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry: A New Analytical Tool for Studying Physicochemical Matrix Effects Occurring in an Inductively Coupled Plasma, for Determining Metal Containing Nanoparticles and Metalloproteins”


CEA-Saclay: Development of a nuclearised instrumental platform and associated methods to analyse actinide-peptide species of interest in nuclear toxicology
A Post-doctoral position is open in the Department of Physical Chemistry at CEA-Saclay (10-20 km near Paris).

NC State University (North Carolina, USA): Biogenic Metal Chelators in the Environment
The Baars Group (https://baarslab.wordpress.ncsu.edu) invite applications for a postdoctoral position to study biologically secreted metabolites that are triggered by abiotic and biotic interactions in the environment.

Prague, Czech Republic: Trace elemental and speciation analysis based on atomic spectrometry mainly in biomedical and environmental fields
The Department of Trace Element Analysis of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences is looking for postdoctorial fellows. The research is focused on (i) development of promising aspects of generation, preconcentration and atomization of volatile compounds for trace elemental and speciation analysis by atomic spectrometry methods (AAS, AFS and ICP-MS) and (ii) application of methods of trace elemental and speciation analysis based on atomic spectrometry mainly in biomedical and environmental fields.

University of Aberdeen, Scotland: Speciation analysis
The TESLA Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen is looking for three postdocs to work within three different projects.



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