Legislative instrument details: New Bathing Water Directive (consolidated)

Classification
Legal name Directive 2006/7/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 February 2006 concerning the management of bathing water quality and repealing Directive 76/160/EEC as amended by Regulation 596/2009/EC
Short name New Bathing Water Directive (consolidated)
CELEX reference 32006L0007 (32009R0596)
Identification number 2006/7/EC
Issued by European Parliament and Council
URL to issuer http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/wa...
Parent legislative instrument
Valid from 24/03/2006
Abstract This Directive lays down provisions for:
(a) the monitoring and classification of bathing water quality;
(b) the management of bathing water quality; and
(c) the provision of information to the public on bathing water quality.
The purpose of this Directive is to preserve, protect and improve the quality of the environment and to protect human health by complementing Directive 2000/60/EC.
This Directive shall apply to any element of surface water where the competent authority expects a large number of people to bathe and has not imposed a permanent bathing prohibition, or issued permanent advice against bathing (hereinafter bathing water). It shall not apply to:
(a) swimming pools and spa pools;
(b) confined waters subject to treatment or used for therapeutic purposes;
(c) artificially created confined waters separated from surface water and groundwater.
The Directive lays down two monitoring parameters (Intestinal enterococci and Escherichia coli) instead of nineteen in the previous Directive, but sets a higher health standard according to the latest scientific knowledge. Other parameters may possibly be taken into account, such as the presence of cyanobacteria or microalgae.

The Directive has been amended by:
-Regulation 596/2009/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 June 2009 adapting a number of instruments subject to the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the Treaty to Council Decision 1999/468/EC with regard to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny — Adaptation to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny — Part Four.
Reporting framework
Reporting obligations
DG Env review of reporting theme Water
Geographic scope European Union
Comments Directive 2006/7/EC will repeal Directive 76/160/EEC with effect from eight years after the entry into force (i.e. on 31/12/2014). See for the original Bathing Water Directive http://rod.eionet.europa.eu/instruments/204