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Lab Analysis to Feature at WWEM 2008

Aug 26 2008

The Environment Agency`s MCERTS schemes affect almost every type of environmental monitoring activity and WWEM 2008 (Telford on 5/6 November) will provide an update on all of the schemes including those for soils and water analysis in the laboratory.
The WWEM events (Water Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring) were created to help improve the quality and reliability of environmental monitoring by providing the latest information on the key issues, including:

1. New test and monitoring technology
2. The latest EU and UK Regulations
3. Applications and case studies
One of the WWEM 2008 Conference speakers, Debbie Hudson from UKAS, will deliver a presentation that will outline the requirements for gaining MCERTS accreditation and the procedures for doing so in water sampling and analysis.
Jeff Ruddle, also from UKAS, will provide an update on the progress of MCERTS in the soil analysis sector outlining the scheme`s benefits for regulators, laboratories and their customers. The importance of sampling, its effects on the uncertainty of data and possibilities for reducing the uncertainty will also be discussed.
In addition, Colin Green from QROS will outline the difficulties in interpreting laboratory data for risk assessment and waste classification as a result of the non-homogeneity of soil on contaminated sites. He will also demonstrate how the integration of on-site analysis and soil sampling under an MCERTS umbrella can minimise this problem.

The Conference themes will be repeated on both days and over 70 workshops will run throughout the event.
Typical workshop titles include:
• A Rapid, Turnkey LC/MS/MS Screening Technique for the Detection and Confirmation of Trace Organic Contaminants in Raw and Processed Waters
• Automated Multi Parameter Analysis
• Europe`s largest laboratory group delivers results for drinking water quality and for the investigation of contaminated land for verifying remediation works
• TOC Analysis in Liquid and Solid Samples
• Innovative Analytical Solutions for Chromatography & Sample Preparation

There will be a large contingent from the laboratory sector taking part in WWEM 2008. Laboratory water analysis has been an important theme in previous WWEM events, but the new MCERTS scheme for lab testing, in addition to that for soils, raises the profile of the lab sector at WWEM even further and this is reflected in the growing list of leading companies from within the laboratory sector that will participate in the exhibition and in a number of the workshops. These include, A1 Environmental, Anachem, Analytic Jena, Analytical Technology, Applied Biosystems, Aquaco, Camlab, Chemtest, Dwyer Instruments, Environmental KTN, Eurofins, Gambica, GE Sensing, HACH LANGE, Industrial Test Systems, Instruments Direct Services, Intelligent Data Systems, Lab 21, Labmedics, LGC, Mettler Toledo, Monitoring Systems, Nova Analytics, Palintest, PG Instruments, Robin Instruments, RS Aqua, RS Hydro, Scientific + Technical Gases, Scientific Analysis Laboratories, SEAL, Siemens, Sigma Aldrich, Spectronic, TCS Microbiology, Thermo Scientific, UKAS, WTW, WMA (Water Monitoring Association), Young Calibration, YSI Hydrodata and Zinsser Analytic."

Conveniently located at the Telford International Centre, central England, with good motorway, rail and air links, WWEM will be an attractive opportunity for overseas visitors and the organisers have reported online registrations from all over the world.

Entry to WWEM 2008 will be free to all Pre-Registered visitors (saving a daily admission fee of £20)
Pre-Registered visitors will be entitled to free onsite parking, free lunches and refreshments on both days of the event, and complimentary entry to all workshops.

The organisers are urging WWEM visitors to plan their time at the event carefully, adding, "WWEM 2008 is bigger than ever and visitors have complained in the past that they have been unable to attend those Workshops and Conference sessions that are of most interest, whilst leaving sufficient time to browse the exhibition. It will therefore be more important than ever for visitors to this year`s event to plan their schedule before they arrive; WWEM is a working event, not one at which visitors can doze peacefully in the audience. We have packed a great deal into the two days and visitors have to work hard to ensure that they maximise the value of their time at WWEM."
Further information and registration is now available at www.wwem.uk.com

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