Screening of potential new hazardous substances in Norway

Updated 2012-07-27

The aim of the programme is to obtain a snapshot of the occurrence of potentially hazardous substances in the environment, both in regions most likely to be polluted as well as in some very pristine environments. The focus is on little known , anthropogenic substances and their derivates, which are either used in high volumes or are likely to be persistent and hazardous to humans and other organisms. If substances being screened are found in significant amounts this may result in further investigations or monitoring on national level. The results from the screening can be used when analysing possible environmental effects of the selected substances, and to assess whether they pose a risk to the environment or not. The data are used as input to EU chemical eavluation processes and to the UN Stockholm convention. The screening results are valuable when data on chemicals are needed within the REACH-system in Europe. Locations: Varying, according to properties of the substances. Samples from both hot-spot and remote sites are included. Geographical coverage (countries): Norway, including Bear Island and Spitsbergen and Norwegian seas. The Nordic countries are cooperating on screening information exchange and studies, see net site and brochure:

Time frame

Project time span
2001 -
Data collection
2001 -
Data processing
2001 -
Data reporting
2001 -

Contact information

Contact person
Bård Nordbø -

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Human media


Regions studied

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

Concentrations in several types of media, varying according to properties of the substances. Examples of substances screened: Oktylphenol, Bisphenol-A, PFOS, PFOA, PFOSA, Methylated volatile siloxsanes, Sucralose, Nitro- and polycyclic musks, Resorcinol, Dodekylphenol, PBDE, Bronopol, HBCD, TBBPA, SCCP, Triklosan, DEHP, Dikloretane, Pentachlorphenol, Chlorbenzenes, Pharmaseutica, Narcotics.

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (NPCA)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

European Environment Agency (EEA), Stockholm Convention Global Monitoring Plan (Stockholm Convention Global Monitoring Plan), Joint Nordic Screening of Chemicals (Nordic Screening)

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