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Project Methods for the concentration and detection of adenovirus and norovirus in european bathing waters with reference to the revision of the bathing water directive 76/160/EEC.

 - The Project will provide a procedure for analysis of EU bathing waters for noroviruses and adenoviruses by validated comparisons of methods for processing water samples to achieve the best virus recovery consistent with cost and feasibility of use in routine monitoring laboratories.

Project number 513648
Geographical coverage Italy, Netherlands, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Cyprus
Budget (in €) 2847858
Programme INCO MED (FP6)
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Objectives - Objectives are:

(a) compare methods fornorovirus and adenovirus detection in recreational waters
(b) derive a combination of concentration and detection techniques to provide a reproducible system of testing bathing waters for the target viruses
(c) furnish scientific evidence to provide support for norovirus and adenovirus testing of environmental samples in respect of their role as the appropriate viral indicator of faecal pollution
(d) prepare the technology for Accession States as part of the development of their
environmental and social programmes
(e) share technology between laboratories to achieve wider competence in the virological analysis
of environmental materials. Detection by PCR and cell culture together with the concentration procedure will provide a combined technique.

- PCR products will be sequenced and data analysed to derive strain and serotype information.The work addresses the research objectives of SSP 8.1 task 1.5 directly through relevance to the revision of the Bathing Water Directive. Inter-Laboratory comparisons, and a large field based surveillance Phase are integrated to ensure that the new combined method will have immediate applicability in EU bathing water monitoring. It will be done by 16 Participant Laboratories in a unified approach to derive a harmonised combined method to provide credibility for future monitoring regimes give the potential to place a virus parameter on a footing equal to the bacterial
indicators. Inclusion of Laboratories representative of the Accession States will ensure rapid dissemination to enhance the monitoring of their bathing waters and thus sustain the development of their own tourism and that of the European tourism worldwide.
Results Among the anticipated outcomes are:
· Improved rapid detection methods for waterborne noroviruses and adenoviruses
· Surveillance data on the target viruses through a range of EU recreational waters
· Technology transfer to non-participant laboratories through a 'Tech-Transfer' Workshop at the end of the Project
· Increased confidence in water quality monitoring for EU bathing waters
Period [01/01/2006 - 01/04/2008]


  • University College of Wales Aberystwyth
    Coordinator acts as project coordinator
    Country United Kingdom
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    Contact Mr Kay David Victor,
    Position: General coordinator of the project (Prof.)
    Phone/fax: +44 (0)1570423565,
  • The State General Laboratory (SGL)
    - The State General Laboratory (SGL) is one of the five Departments of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus. It was established in 1932 as the Government Laboratory within the Department of Medical Services. It was upgraded to an independent department of the Ministry in 1981 and since then it has developed a strong infrastructure providing efficient and effective services to the socio-economic sector. The SGL has the dynamics for new prospects in the future.
    Country Cyprus
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    Contact Dr. Michael, Costas,
    Position: Director
    Phone/fax: 22809111, 357 22316434

Funding sources

  • European Commission
    Source EC INCO MED
    Programme INCO MED
    Funding rate 79