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H9 - Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans in sediment and biota

FieldDescriptionValidated Entry
[Table title]Name of monitoring programmePolychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans in sediment and biota
[ProgrammeDescription]Description of the monitoring programme

The Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans in sediment and biota monitoring is carried out within OSPAR's pre-Coordinated Environmental Monitoring Programme (CEMP) (Agreement 2016-01). Pre-CEMP monitoring work on hazardous substances comprises monitoring and assessment of the sources and pathways of contaminants and their concentrations and effects in the marine environment.
OSPAR has agreed within the context of the pre-CEMP that certain components for hazardous substances are not monitored on a mandatory basis.
Pre-CEMP component H-9 sets out monitoring of polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans in biota and sediment. Monitoring of polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans should be undertaken only if levels of marker PCBs as referred to under Appendix 3 are e.g. 100 times higher than the Background Assessment Concentration or, when it is known, as an area with high concentrations of polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans.

[OtherPoliciesConventions]Monitoring for other Union legislation or international agreements that contributes to the programme.OSP-CEMP
[Contracting Parties monitoring]

Which other countries are involved in practical implementation of this monitoring programme, and what is the degree of cooperation.

Coordinated data collection
[Contracting Parties supplying data] NO, DK, FR, SE, IE
[Contracting Parties with an "opt out"]  
[Temporal scope]Start (and end) date of the programme.1995 - 9999
[Spatial scope]Spatial coverage of the programme according to the jurisdictional zones of marine waters.EEZ (or similar, e.g. Contiguous Zone, Fishing Zone, Ecological Protection Zone)
[Aggregation of Data]At which scale can the data from the sub-programme be aggregated for environmental assessments?Sub-region
[MarineReportingUnit]Area(s) where the programme takes place.


[Monitoring Purpose]

Purpose of the programme aimed at collecting data and information.Environmental state and impacts
Pressures in the marine environment
[MonitoringType]Type of monitoring (in-situ, remote sensing, etc.).In-situ sampling offshore
[Indicator Metric]Feature(s) monitored (ecosystem components, pressures, activities).PresEnvContNonUPBTs
[Elements]Element(s) monitored (e.g. species, habitats, contaminants).Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDD)
Polychlorinated dibenzofurans (10 PCDFs)
[Element Monitored] Introduction of synthetic and non-synthetic substances and compounds
17 tetra- through octa-chlorinated 2,3,7,8-substituted PCDD/F congeners
[Parameter Measured]Parameter(s) monitored.


[Monitoring Guidelines/Monitoring Method in place]Guidelines/protocols describing the method for monitoring.OTH
[MonitoringMethodOther]Guidelines/protocols describing the method for monitoring.CEMP guidelines for coordinated monitoring for hazardous substances (Agreement 2016-04)
[Quality Assurance Procedures in Place]In addition to a specified method, is there any additional Quality Assurance used?QUASIMEME previously, but not enough participants in recent years to continue
[Quality Control]What type of Quality Control is used?Delayed mode
[Data submission Frequency (and deadline)]Frequency of the monitoringYearly
[Applicable MSFD GES Criteria]Indicator(s) to which the programme contributes.D8C1
[Data Depository]Link to where monitoring data can be accessed (Art. 19(3))
[Data Custodian] ICES Datacentre
[Assessment Guidelines]

[Assessment tools available]
[Nature of data] Processed
H9 - Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans in sediment and biota