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The Norman Early Warning System (NormaNEWS)

A new retrospective analysis exchange platform for laboratories active in non-target screening

NormaNEWS is lead by Kevin Thomas at NIVA (Norway)/ University of Queensland (Australia) as part of the Non-target screening cross-working group activity of the NORMAN network. 


What is NormaNEWS and how does it work

The Norman Early Warning System (NormaNEWS) is a collaborative activity aimed at members active in non-target analysis. 

The concept of NormaNEWS is that when one group identifies a new contaminant of emerging concern identification criteria are sent to other members of the group who use retrospective analysis techniques to check their own samples. This way we can rapidly establish the occurrence of newly identified compounds of emerging concern across Europe and beyond.

The first round of the collaborative NormaNEWS joint activity in 2016 successfully demonstrated the usefulness of the retrospective screening of high resolution mass spectrometric data in establishing the spatial and temporal occurrence of newly identified compounds of emerging concern. The results of this pilot study are presented in Alygizakis et al., ES&T, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b00365. The list of contaminants screened can be found on the NORMAN Suspect Exchange and the CompTox Chemistry Dashboard.

To build on the first study, a second NormaNEWS exercise will take place in 2018.

This second trial will focus on the following tasks: 

  • Develop an updated and comprehensive NormaNEWS suspect list, that will include the substances listed in the EU Watch List (first list reported in the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/495 and further updates in 2018 and beyond) and those provided by members of the NORMAN Network;
  • Run a second round of retrospective suspect screening with increased focus on matrices other than water;
  • Host an expert group meeting to evaluate the feasibility of establishing NormaNEWS as an open resource. 

How to participate in NormaNEWS

While NORMAN members are encouraged to participate in NormaNEWS, laboratories outside the NORMAN network are also welcome to participate. 

For further information please mail