NTS workshop on analytical techniques and implementation

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Because of the complexity of environmental and biological samples, chemical fingerprinting methods such as nontarget screening (NTS) have become increasingly popular. However, there are still open challenges that considerably slow down the uptake of this technology by the industry and markets.

NTS methods generate large amounts of data and new types of knowledge that hardly fit into the current regulatory framework, which is based on targeted, fully quantitative analyses. Without regulations, industrial bodies have little incentive to develop and market NTS tools for screening and monitoring environmental contaminants, which also significantly constrains the transfer of knowledge and resources between academia and industry and the actual implementation of methods used in research.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring academia, industry and regulatory bodies to the same venue to discuss on the different challenging aspects with a strong focus on implementation challenges at all levels: from how to include novel analytical platforms that show great promises to how NTS generated knowledge can be used in regulation. The workshop will close with a one hour panel discussion on the priorities to accelerate wide NTS adoption.

Some of the questions, we will address are:

  1. What can existing products, commercial or otherwise, do today?
  2. How close are the Suspect Screening/NTS workflows, for new and old platforms, to being suitable for use outside academia/research projects
  3. How can, or do, authorities use the results from Suspect Screening/NTS in practice (e.g. in the prioritization of CEC)?
  4. How are Suspect Screening/NTS results reported?
  5. How to set up QA-schemes/specifications for Suspect Screening/NTS authorities can refer to in e.g. tenders?

The workshop is organised by the University of Copenhagen under the Vandalf project funded by Innovation Fund Denmark, and in collaboration with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, the NORMAN network, and the Danish Society of Analytical Chemistry.

Following the workshop, the NORMAN network hosts its NORMAN general assembly meeting December 1-2 (WELCOME TO THE NORMAN NETWORK | NORMAN (norman-network.net).