Lab validation and performance requirements for the analysis of PFAS compounds in drinking water
28 Jan 2020

Exposure to manmade perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is of increasing concern due to their potential toxic effects and links to ecological damage and human health. These substances can be found in drinking, surface, waste and ground waters, but are also prevalent in food, household products, and even living organisms including fish and humans. Due to the strong carbon-fluoride bond, these chemicals do not readily break down and can accumulate over time in organisms and the environment.

For some of the most widely studied PFAS, PFOA and PFOS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a specific health advisory in drinking water of 70 parts per trillion. To test for these chemicals in drinking water, they have also developed EPA Method 537.1, which is a solid-phase extraction liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS-MS) method for determining certain PFAS chemicals in drinking water.

For compliance testing, contract labs must demonstrate they are capable of PFAS analysis according to regulatory guidelines, including sensitivity, spike recoveries, initial demonstration of capability, low levels in blanks, and several other parameters.

This webinar will provide an overview of PFAS analysis using MS/MS for compliance monitoring methods and look at the requirements for the analysis of PFAS in water and soil.

Attend the webinar and learn:

  • The mission and work being performed by Pacific Rim Laboratories for PFAS testing in water samples
  • Method compliance using EPA 537.1 using offline SPE followed by mass spectrometry quantification of PFAS compounds
  • Robust, sensitive, targeted mass spectrometry methods for confident quantitation of known PFAS compounds
Who should attend?
  • Academic laboratories performing analytical chemistry research on emerging and existing environmental and food contaminants
  • State level or country level testing laboratories responsible for environmental and food safety in their region
  • Public water utilities or contract testing laboratories performing targeted PFAS testing
Certificate of attendance
All webinar participants can request a certificate of attendance, and a learning outcomes summary document for continuing education purposes.

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