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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) 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.

For 2015-2016 we wish to run a pilot activity to evaluate the approach. The pilot activity will bring together interested parties working on non-target analysis and having already accurate mass high-resolution mass spectrometry data for environmental samples. The proposal is that all interested laboratories provide candidate compounds for inclusion. These data will be summarised into a single list that will be circulated to all participating laboratories in order to perform retrospective analysis on their existing data. The expected output of the pilot is a peer-reviewed paper, co-authored by contributing participants. 


How to participate in NormaNEWS

Participation in NormaNEWS is especially addressed to NORMAN members but laboratories outside the NORMAN network are also welcome to participate.

Registration is via the following link here.

The spreadsheet for proposing compounds must at the same time be sent to

The spreadsheet is available here.

Deadline for registration and submission of the spreadsheet: 5th November 2015.

Before 1st December 2015 all participants will receive the NormaNEWS list and a data reporting template. It is expected that all participants report their data by the 30th March 2016. 

For further information please mail