PARC laboratory network

The development of laboratory networks is in progress

PARC aims to promote the further development of existing and new infrastructural capacities including laboratory networks of human biomonitoring (HBM), environmental monitoring (ambient and indoor air, water, sediment, soil, biota, and food and feed), and (eco)toxicology. The development of these laboratory networks in PARC includes mapping, cataloguing, expanding the existing laboratory networks and identifying gaps.

During the first year of PARC the activities have focused on (i) the extension of the network on HBM laboratories in the framework of PARC capitalizing on the work done in the HBM4EU initiative, in which the first European network of HBM laboratories was built; and (ii) the mapping and cataloguing of the first inventory of air quality monitoring laboratories. As a result of these activities, a total of 240 HBM laboratories and 70 laboratories focusing on air quality monitoring have been included in the PARC laboratory catalogues.

Efforts will be now directed towards cataloguing water (including surface and groundwater) and soil/sediment analytical laboratories. Other laboratory domains, such as (eco)toxicology laboratories and other remaining environmental monitoring laboratories in the fields of food and feed, and biota, will be addressed in the next years.

An interactive map of the HBM laboratory network is being developed and will be available on the PARC website. The laboratory catalogues created in PARC will be maintained and updated during the entire duration of the project. In addition, all information from the different laboratory domains will be integrated into dashboards that will be accessible through the PARC webpage.