MICRORISK Microbiological risk assessment: a scientific basis for managing drinking water safety from source to tap

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:   31/10/2002         Duration: 36 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: EVK1-CT-2002-00123
Organisation Type:  EC Project
Diffuse pollution-->Monitoring
Groundwater protection-->Monitoring-->Monitoring overview
Water and sanitation-->Water and sanitation Overview
Water and sanitation-->Water supply
Water resources and their management -->Stresses, quality and ecological status
Project objectives:
The aim of MICRORISK is to develop a microbial risk assessment process which will contribute to the decision making process for risk management of drinking 
water. The drinking water production chain will be integrated in a single knowledge framework and its reliability towards regularly occurring calamities
and outbreaks will be determined. The elements of this framework are the Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control
Points (HACCP). The implementation of the framework aspires to 'benchmark' the policy making process leading to future Drinking Water Directives and new
legislation across the European Union State Members.
Project Summary:
This project will provide a harmonised framework and scientific basis for quantitative microbiological risk assessment of drinking water. Via a source-to-tap 
approach all stages in drinking water production will be included. The information on these stages will be combined into a safety-assessment of the water that
is consumed. Uncertainty analysis is used to determine the strengths and weaknesses of this approach. The outcome of the risk assessment is verified against
the current knowledge on disease-incidence in Member States and data from outbreaks of waterborne disease. This approach has the benefit of providing water
companies, regulators and consumers with insight in the level of consumer protection and the strength and weaknesses of the system installed to protect drinking
water quality.
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Project Resources:

Workshop Report: Interaction between Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) and Risk Management (RM) in the Water Safety Plan

Interaction between Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment and Risk Management in the Water Safety Plan
Funding Programme(s): 
EC Framework Programme 5
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Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Prof Paul Bardos  Who does what?  03/07/2003 17:48:00
Updated by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  03/10/2006 13:13:00