D41.1 Selection criteria to select bioassays for implementation and use

Following intensive discussions we have established a number of selection criteria to determine whether a bioassay is applicable for the assessment of the chemical water quality. A range of projects have already focused on the - largely overlapping – assay characteristics and selection criteria for bioassays to be used in environmental monitoring (Leusch et al. 2012; OECD 2012; Agency et al. 2012).

Upcoming Final Dissemination Events for June

In June, the DEMEAU project will hold its series of final dissemination events. To tailor the final events to the diverse stakeholders and interest groups of the project, the events will be held in a two part series. The first part, held in Zurich, Switzerland on June 17th and 18th, will be a Final Consortium Meeting and Utility Event. The second part, held at the annual WSsTP Conference in Brussels, Belgium, on June 24-26th will serve as a Final Policy Event. Agendas are forthcoming.

DEMEAU Animation: Dare to Drink? Emerging Pollutants in Our Water

Is your drinking water clean? Is it safe to drink? The animation illustrates what emerging pollutants are, how they enter water sources and what role individuals can take in improving the quality of their drinking water. The EU funded project DEMEAU demonstrates innovative technologies that address emerging pollutants.

Presenting: Technology Brochure on Bioassays

DEMEAU released the first of its series of informational technology brochures. A collaborative effort among several project partners, including, Ecologic Institute, BioDetection System (BDS), Veolia Recherche & Innovation (VERI), Eawag and KWR Watercycle Research Institute, the technology brochure aims to close the communication gap between scientists and end users. The brochure offers an accessible guide that summarizes and presents key findings on the latest research from the project’s work on bioassays.

D41.2 Establishment of trigger values and validation of bioassay panel

Surface water, groundwater, the sea or other brackish sources of drinking water production are generally exposed to a complex mixture of pollutants associated with household, industrial, and agricultural waste. Current environmental monitoring of these water bodies is based on a comparison between  concentrations  of  chemically  target  analyzed  priority  pollutants  (n=33+8)  and  their environmental threshold values.

Project Steering Board Meeting at KWR premises

The second annual Project Steering Board meeting of the FP7 project DEMEAU took place on May 19th and 20th at the premises of KWR Watercycle Research Institute in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. Project coordinator Theo van den Hoven welcomed the DEMEAU project members with a brief introduction of KWR, its services and activities and the scope and objectives of DEMEAU. Subsequently, the Work Area (WA) leaders had the opportunity to give a summarising overview of their work progress.

In vitro bioassays for the prediction of human health hazards in international regulatory frameworks

In vitro bioassays are promising tools for the assessment of drinking water quality. The technique is based on living cells that show a response once exposed to toxicants. Bioassays are already used in pharmaceutical screening, food safety assessment and chemical regulation but have not entered water regulation yet. Researchers of DEMEAU evaluated the (international) regulatory acceptance of mammalian or bacterial cell-based bioassays for human health assessment.


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