LIFE APEX Consortium looks to the future of biomonitoring in Europe

Richard Shore and Lee Walker from the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) recently met with other consortium members of the LIFE APEX project (https://lifeapex.eu/) in Florence Italy.

LIFE APEX is a demonstration project that explores pan-European collection and use of chemical monitoring data. The Union-wide novelty of LIFE APEX’s approach centres around the use of chemical monitoring data from apex predators and their prey (AP&P) for the purposes of  Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals (REACH) and Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR).

At the Florence meeting Richard Shore, along with other consortium partners, presented initial work on selecting the right species to use, the pros and cons of pooling samples, and other factors that may affect chemical monitoring. The plans for the next stages in the project, which includes time trend analysis of over 40,000 chemicals in selected species over a 18 year period.

The LIFE APEX newsletter which includes snapshots of initial results can be viewed here: https://lifeapex.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Newsletter-3-LIFE-APEX.pdf and you can follow the progress of the project on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/LIFEAPEX1

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