Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 359–366 | Cite as

Standardisation of a European measurement method for the determination of mercury in deposition: results of the field trial campaign and determination of a measurement uncertainty and working range

  • Richard James Christopher BrownEmail author
  • N. Pirrone
  • C. van Hoek
  • M. Horvat
  • J. Kotnik
  • I. Wangberg
  • W. T. Corns
  • E. Bieber
  • F. Sprovieri
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A standard method for the measurement of mercury in deposition is currently being finalised by Working Group 25 of the European Committee for Standardisation’s Technical Committee 264 ‘Air Quality’, in response to the requirements of the European Union’s Fourth Air Quality Daughter Directive. This paper reports the results of a field measurement programme which was undertaken to assess the uncertainty of the proposed standard method, define its working range and determine its compliance with the required data quality objectives of the Fourth Air Quality Daughter Directive.


Deposition Mercury Air quality Field trial Standardisation Uncertainty 



The funding of CEN/TC 264/WG 25s field trial by the European Commission’s Environment Directorate-General (under Grant Agreement SA/CEN/ENV/000/2005-37), and the contribution and discussions of the members of CEN TC264 WG25, is gratefully acknowledged. The technical assistance of Vesna Fajon is also acknowledged.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard James Christopher Brown
    • 1
    Email author
  • N. Pirrone
    • 2
  • C. van Hoek
    • 3
  • M. Horvat
    • 4
  • J. Kotnik
    • 4
  • I. Wangberg
    • 5
  • W. T. Corns
    • 6
  • E. Bieber
    • 7
  • F. Sprovieri
    • 2
  1. 1.Analytical Science TeamNational Physical LaboratoryMiddlesexUK
  2. 2.CNR IIA, CNR-Institute of Atmospheric Pollution ResearchRomeItaly
  3. 3.NENDutch Standardization InstituteDelftThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Jozef Stefan InstituteLjubljanaSlovenia
  5. 5.Swedish Environmental Research Institute, IVLGothenburgSweden
  6. 6.PS Analytical, Crayfields Industrial EstateKentUK
  7. 7.UmweltbundesamtGerman Federal Environment AgencyLangenGermany

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