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Plastic pollution is a well-known global issue manifesting itself in the form of beach litter, ocean garbage patches, microplastics in food, plastic dust particles in the air... the list goes on.


OGS participates in the EUROqCHARM project: EUROpean quality Controlled Harmonization Assuring Reproducible Monitoring and assessment of plastic pollution. The project started on 1st November 2020 and has a duration of 36 months. EUROqCHARM has received funding from the ‘European Union’s Horizon 2020 coordination and support action’, the framework programme for research and innovation. The initiative aims to coordinate and support action towards a common European framework to tackle macro-, micro- and nanoplastics pollution in all environmental compartments by means of a harmonized approach. EUROqCHARM is a platform to discuss and validate methods for monitoring environmental samples for plastics, to develop blueprints for standards and to formulate recommendations for revision of current EU policies and instruments. The project established a communication network consisting of scientists and a large number of stakeholders. The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) leads the consortium of partners, which unites 15 key actors involved in multiple activities. The partnership includes research institutes, small and medium enterprises, research councils, universities, and standards agencies. OGS is partner of the project due to its core competences in marine litter data management, coordinating and participating in several EU data management initiatives. In EUROqCHARM OGS contributes to the alignment of European procedures with global strategies and procedures (WP3), to the coordination of the Data Management Plan (WP6) and to promote and disseminate the outputs (WP5).



European Unions’ Horizon 2020 Coordination and support action programme