The main objective of the EU-network is to bring together scientists with a background in analytical chemistry interested in speciation method development with potential users from industry and representatives from legislative bodies. The network started on 1/10/1997 for a duration of 2 years. A series of meetings are being organised to debate all the important questions for collecting information on environmental, food and occupational health aspects of speciation and to define possible future projects. The findings and conclusions will be summarised as a series of general papers that will be published in the open literature, recapitulating the essential information gathered to date, outlining the state of the art for each topic and recommending legislative actions. A first meeting was held in Uberlingen, Germany on 5-6 December 1997. The representatives from industry explained their interest in the network and the participants from the academic and national institutes gave a state-of-the-art presentation of their research. Out of this, a program was compiled for the following meeting in Segovia from 16 to 20 March 1998. The topics dealt with were: organotin compounds in the environmental session; the speciation and bioavailability of trace clement species (Cr, Fe, Se), the quality of the data and new legislation in the food session; and identification of inhaled particles and the search for bioindicators for exposure to Ni and Pt in the occupational health/hygiene session. In each session about half of the participants came from industry. The delegates agreed on a list of priorities in speciation analysis. A www-page has been created: hhtp://www. speciation 21.plymouth.ac.uk. Everybody interested in adding information to the page is requested to mail this to Ipitts@plymouth.ac.uk.