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

Arsenic is ranked first among toxicants posing a significant potential threat to human health due to its known or suspected toxicity. Being a naturally occurring metalloid, it is ubiquitously present in the environment. Its toxicity for living organisms depends not only on the concentration but also on its chemical form, with inorganic arsenic exhibiting the highest toxicity.

Arsenic can enter the food chain either directly through air or water, or indirectly from soil through accumulation in plants consumed as food.

Honeybees can serve as bioindicators. During foraging, bees collect nectar, pollen, honeydew, and water from up to 7 km2, and they come into contact with air, soil, and plants, enabling the sampling and analysis of large areas for the presence of pollutants. A group of Polish researchers has, for the first time, studied the concentration of arsenic and some of its species in honey (see the news below). Encouragingly, the health risk associated with arsenic in honey was found to be very low.

Another pollutant classified as carcinogen is hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)).
Posing significant environmental and health concern, its industrial use and release to the environment are highly restricted by legislation. The European Commission has instructed the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to broaden the scope of the REACH restriction proposal, extending it to include at least 12 chromium (VI) substances. This directive aims to prevent potential instances of 'regrettable substitution' and curb the ongoing influx of authorization applications (see the news below).

The presence of hexavalent chromium in food, as reported by numerous past studies, raises very high concerns. We at EVISA have consistently criticized the lack of selectivity and sensitivity in these studies, advocating for a more appropriate approach to testing food safety. Chinese researchers have now developed a method for rapid chromium speciation analysis in food. This innovative technique sheds light on the behavior of hexavalent chromium in various foodstuffs, revealing the role of natural reducing substances in preventing Cr(VI) occurrence (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 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.

Expansion of ECHA's Chromium VI Restriction Mandate to Encompass Additional Substances
The European Commission has instructed the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to broaden the scope of the REACH restriction proposal, extending it to include at least 12 chromium (VI) substances. This directive aims to prevent potential instances of 'regrettable substitution' and stem the ongoing influx of authorization applications.

Enhancing Chromium Speciation Analysis in Foods: A Rapid Approach
Chinese researchers have developed a method for swift chromium speciation analysis in food. This innovative technique sheds light on the behavior of hexavalent chromium in various foodstuffs, uncovering the role of natural reducing substances in preventing Cr(VI) occurrence.

Speciation Analysis of Arsenic in Honey
A group of Polish researchers investigated for the first time the arsenic speciation in honey samples.

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.

72nd ASMS Conference
Date:     June 2,2024 - June 6,2024
Location:     Anaheim, CA
May 24,2024    Short course registration

ICASS 2024: 66th International Conference on Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy
Date:     June 26,2024 - June 28,2024
Location:     Sheraton Fallsview, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3K7, Canada
May 24,2024    Late abstract submission for poster presentations

HPLC 2024: 52nd International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques
Date:     July 20,2024 - July 25,2024
Location:     Denver, Colorado, USA
May 20,2024    Early registration at reduced fee
June 3,2024    Registration and Payment for All Presenting Author

IMSIS 2024: 2nd Annual Conference on Mass Spectrometry Imaging and Intergrated Topics
Date:     September 9,2024 - September 12,2024
Location:     Münster, Germany
June 1,2024    Submission of abstracts for oral presentations
June 30,2024    Early registration at reduced fee
July 1,2024    Submission of abstracts for poster presentations

BNASS 2024: The 21st Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium
Date:     September 11,2024 - September 13,2024
Location:     London, United Kingdom
May 31,2024    Submission of abstracts
July 31,2024    Early registration at reduced fee

ISSS 2024: 28th International Symposium on Separation Sciences
Date:     September 22,2024 - September 25,2024
Location:     Messina, Italy
June 5,2024    Submission of abstracts
June 5,2024    Early registration at reduced fee
June 19,2024    Acceptance Notice

SciX 2024
Date:     October 20,2024 - October 25,2024
Location:     Raleigh Convention Center | Raleigh, NC
May 24,2024    Extended: Submission of abstracts for oral presentations
August 12,2024    Submission of abstracts for poster presentaions
August 12,2024    Early registration at reduced feee

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

Junganalytiker:innen Forum der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Analytische Chemie (ASAC)
Location: Graz, Austria
Date: 16.05.2024 - 17.05.2024

HTC-18: 18th International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Date: 28.05.2024 - 31.05.2024

72nd ASMS Conference
Location: Anaheim, CA
Date: 02.06.2024 - 06.06.2024

Location: Pau, France
Date: 04.06.2024 - 07.06.2024

11th Nordic Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Loen, Norway
Date: 09.06.2024 - 13.06.2024

Graduate Course on Speciation and Bioavailability of Metals, Organics, and Nanoparticles
Location: Antwerpen, Belgium
Date: 17.06.2024 - 21.06.2024


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FDA: Fellowship in Method Development for Toxic Element Speciation Analysis in Foods and Dietary Supplements
A Postdoctoral Research position is currently available at FDA in College Park, MD. The project involves development and validation of a method for chromium speciation analysis in foods and dietary supplements.



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