Analysis of PFAS in Drinking Water and Environmental Matrices

Analysis of PFAS in Drinking Water and Environmental Matrices


Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of persistent and harmful chemicals that can be commonly found in the environment globally. These anthropogenic chemicals can come from various sources such as manufacturing, industrial applications, food contact materials and consumer products, and eventually end up and accumulate in the water, soil and living organisms. With concerns rising quickly about the health risks associated with PFAS exposure, it is important to ensure proper monitoring of these chemicals.


PFAS, primarily PFOA and PFOS, have been included in the monitoring list of drinking water contaminants in many countries such as US, Europe, Australia and several parts of Asia (e.g. China and Singapore). Not only that, an increasing number of regulatory agencies and research institutes all over the world are expanding their scope of monitoring to a longer list of PFAS and other environmental matrices such as non-potable waters and soil. Sampling procedures and analytical methods for the analysis of PFAS in these matrices are therefore required to be standardized to ensure proper and accurate determination of PFAS.


There are several methods, such as US EPA, ASTM and other standard methods, established for PFAS. In June 2019, US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) have validated EPA Method 8327 for the determination of 24 PFAS in groundwater, surface water, and wastewater matrices using LC-MS/MS. With the published draft SW-846 Method 8327, Shimadzu LC-MS/MS have been demonstrated to meet and exceed the specified criteria; Accordingly, PFAS testing laboratories can easily update their workflow for easy implementation.


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This webcast will discuss the global trends and regulatory requirements pertaining to PFAS analyses (e.g. EPA 537.1 and EPA 8327). Several case studies on drinking water and environmental matrices will be described to illustrate the difficulties and pitfalls of LC-MS/MS analyses and their solutions.


Resources on PFAS Analysis

Shimadzu’s LC-MS/MS Methods for PFAS Analysis in Environmental Matrices

Shimadzu support environmental testing and research laboratories and provide you with LC-MS/MS technologies best suited for your PFAS testing needs. By working closely with regulatory bodies, Shimadzu stays up-to-date with the latest developments (e.g. EPA Method 537.1 and EPA Method 8327) and vetted several LC-MS/MS methods for PFAS analysis. A variety of resources are created to help you kick-start or modify your PFAS analysis using easy-to-use, low-cost and robust solutions


Additional Resources on Environmental Analysis

With our dedication in improving and protecting the environment, Shimadzu has been specializing in the development and usage of instruments for environmental analysis for decades. We achieve a new global standard in chromatography, mass spectrometry and spectroscopy techniques and offers a better solution for environmental applications. Refer to our compilation of environmental resources for more information.

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