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Collaborative Trials

2015-2016: Collaborative Trial on non-target screening techniques on dust samples: This CT was organised in collaboration with the WG Indoor environment. Publication in prep.

2013: Collaborative Trial on non-target screening techniques applied to a river water sample: This was the first time worldwidesuch an exercise had been conducted in the area of environmental analysis. The results are published in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.

Retrospective screening tools

NORMAN Suspect List Exchange initiative and SusDat database: The aim of this initiative is to share information on substances and associated metadata from different platforms, as a common effort of European and North American researchers to support contaminant identification, prioritisation and retrospective screening efforts. All suspect lists are integrated into the US EPA CompTox Chemistry Dashboard.

NormaNEWS (The Norman Early Warning System): was launched in 2015 to test the potential of an “Early warning network” to rapidly assess the spatial and temporal distribution of contaminants of emerging concern in environmental samples through retrospective analysis of HRMS data. The results of the first round of NormaNEWS are published in Environ. Sci. &  Technology. To build on the first study, a second NormaNEWS exercise will be performed in 2018.

NORMAN RTI (Retention Time Index): was developed as a harmonised model for the prediction of the retention time index (RTI) for more robust retrospective analysis of a large number of contaminants of emerging concern. Publication in prep.

NORMAN MassBank: was launched in 2011 as a web-based open access mass spectral database for all kinds of high- and low-resolution mass spectra (e.g. EI-MS, QToF-MSMS, FTMS). 

The NORMAN Digital Sample Freezing Platform (NORMAN DSFP) has been developed to host in a harmonised format liquid chromatography high resolution-mass spectrometry (LC-HR-MS) data, allowing for high-throughput processing, including retrospective analysis, of environmental samples for a wide range (thousands) of pollutants. Options for ‘big data’ processing/exchange at the European scale is being tested. Publication in prep.

New actions in the NORMAN Joint Programme of Activities for 2018: 

Past events / workshops