Priority organic pollutants

The Priority Organic Pollutants (POPs) are organic compounds identified among those presenting  a significant risk to, or via the aquatic environment.These compounds were highlighted at EU level  and are listed in Annex X to the Water Framework Directive (WFD) 2000/60/EC.The priority list  is reviewed every 4 years by the EU via a review of the Environmental Quality Standards Directive  (EQSD) 2008/105/EC in which environmental quality standards are set.

RPS trace organics laboratory

RPS’ trace organics laboratory focuses on low-level  residues in environmental samples and routinely tests for  POPs down to extremely low levels.

As well as testing for the current list RPS have an active R&D  programme continually striving to improve and enhance  existing analytical methodology as well as developing  techniques for the analysis of the new compounds that are  added to the list.

In addition to providing analytical services, RPS can provide:

  • Sample containers
  • Cool-boxes
  • Bespoke chain-of-custody
  • Import licenses
  • Global coverage
  • Help and advice on sampling procedures

The current chemicals are

  • Alachlor
  • Anthracene
  • Atrazine
  • Benzene
  • Brominated Diphyenylethers
  • Cadmium and its compounds
  • Chloroalkanes C10-13
  • Chlorfenvinphos
  • Chlorpyriphos
  • 1,2-Dichloroethane
  • Dichloromethane
  • DEHP
  • Diuron
  • Endosulphan
  • Fluoranthene
  • Hexachlorobenzene
  • Trifluralin
  • Dicofol
  • PFOS
  • Quinoxyfen
  • Dioxins
  • Aclonifen
  • Cybutryne
  • Cypermethrin

Of these, 44 are organic and are collectively known as the POPs.

  • Hexachlorobutadiene
  • Hexachlorocyclohexane
  • Isoproturon
  • Lead and its compounds
  • Mercury and its compounds
  • Naphthalene
  • Nickel and its compounds
  • Nonylphenols
  • Octylphenols
  • Pentachlorobenzene
  • Pentachlorophenol
  • PAHs
  • Simazine
  • Tributyltin compounds
  • Trichlorobenzenes
  • Trichloromethanes
  • Dichlorvos
  • Hexabromocyclododecanes
  • Heptachlor and Heptachlor Epoxide
  • Terbutryne
  • 17a-ethinylestradiol
  • 17ß-estradiol
  • Diclofenac

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