About Nordic Screening

There are approximately 100.000 different chemical substances in use within the EU borders. We know that some of these are very hazardous and pose a risk to the environment. However, for the vast majority of substances, we simply don’t have the knowledge to decide whether they pose a risk to the environment at the present time or maybe will do so in the future. To better understand such risks, one important first step is to measure these chemicals in the environment, to see whether they can be detected in water, soil or in living organisms. If the substances are persistent, bioaccumulative or toxic (PBT), they are regarded as hazardous. Substances with known hazardous properties are to a large extent regulated and included in national monitoring programs in the Nordic countries.

The aim of the Nordic environmental screening is to obtain a snapshot of the occurrence of potentially hazardous substances, both in regions most likely to be polluted as well as in some pristine environments. The focus is on less known, anthropogenic substances and their derivatives, which either are used in high volumes or are likely to be persistent and hazardous to humans and other organisms.


Save the date! We are happy to announce that a Nordic seminar is scheduled to take place on the 26th and 27th of October 2021. The topic of the seminar is Prioritization of Substances and will be held online from 12.00 to 16.00 CET both days.

The overarching goal for the seminar is to exchange information on prioritization of hazardous substances for environmental monitoring. The following questions will be discussed at the seminar:

– Lessons learned, are we actually smarter today?

– Is substitution one of the solutions?

– Prioritization and regulation – how does it interact?

– Prioritization and risk assessment – how does it interact?

– How are substances prioritized in national environmental monitoring programs today?

– New methods on prioritization – what’s up?

Head over to the Seminar and Workshops part of our website for more information about the seminar including the agenda which has the list of speakers and topics.