Data & products on marine water quality


EMODnet Chemistry supports the EC initiative for chemical safety
24 August 2022

EMODnet Chemistry has responded to the The European Commission call for evidence relating to a proposal for a regulation to improve access to chemical data by removing technical and administrative barriers. The initiative, entitled 'Chemical safety - better access to chemicals data for safety assessments', will allow the EU and national authorities to commission testing and monitoring of chemical substances as part of the regulatory framework, when needed. The European Commission plans to publish the regulation in the first quarter of 2023.

Read EMODnet Chemistry's feedback below:

"EMODnet Chemistry - the marine water quality data infrastructure - welcomes the EC initiative for improving access to chemical data to support safety assessments. Since 2009, EMODnet has been the key EU long-term initiative supported by DG MARE to ensure that European marine in-situ data become easily accessible, interoperable and free from restrictions on use.
Based on our experience in collecting, standardising and validating data, we endorse any measures aimed at rewarding researchers who release their data. At the same time, we recommend great attention to data validation procedures, because only high-quality data are valuable data.
In order to control the quality of datasets and make them interoperable and reusable through meaningful and standardised metadata, a network of hundreds of national oceanographic data centres and even more data providers must be established, working together strictly according to the same standards and vocabularies. In the marine domain, we already have solid roots thanks to SeaDataNet, the pan-European infrastructure for ocean and marine data management. Keeping these roots firm would guarantee better access and use of all available data, through all important initiatives that rely on them, such as EMODnet and the EU's research and innovation projects.
As far as legislation is concerned, further efforts are needed to ensure that marine spatial data infrastructures are compatible and usable in a community and cross-border context, following common implementing rules as required by the INSPIRE Directive. Finally, we agree that the inclusion of testing and monitoring of chemical substances is a key element of the regulatory framework. Integrated monitoring systems based on consolidated protocols are essential for the collection of reliable and interoperable data."

Any input is important to inform the EC of the various needs and gaps highlighted by as many different stakeholders as possible to define the emerging EU legislation.