What is PFAS?
Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) are a large group of manufactured compounds that are widely used as surfactants in industrial applications and are also used heavily in Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF) firefighting products. PFAS compounds demonstrate unique chemical characteristics that result in their bioaccumulation in wildlife and their propensity to migrate from soil to water.
Eurofins has supported PFAS testing for more than 12 years and employs EPA Method 537 to test for the drinking water UCMR list of compounds, along with a modified 537 method to report an expanded list of compounds for non-drinking water matrices. Eurofins uses LC/MS/MS technology to detect and differentiate the compounds and isotopic dilution to compensate for potential interferences enabling us to achieve greater quantitative accuracy at the necessary reporting limits.
The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) has a series of fact sheets regarding state regulation, advisory, and guidance for groups responsible for PFAS-impacted sites.
New Hampshire is implementing new PFAS MCLs for public water systems. Access a copy of the PFAS rules.
Our PFAS Testing Capabilities
Eurofins laboratories hold UCMR accreditation, the Department of Defense (DoD) ELAP certification and state accreditations for polyfluorinated chemical analysis.
We perform analytical services on varied environmental matrices including drinking water, water, soil, sediment, tissue and consumer products using LC/MS/MS and HRMS technologies in support of trace level reporting of emerging contaminants. Our depth of knowledge, redundancy of systems and state of the art facilities are key to our success in supporting the PFAS market. Eurofins’ reinvestment in the business ensures that we continue to offer highly sensitive methods, low reporting limits and compliance with method protocols meeting regulatory guidance.
Why Choose Eurofins for your PFAS Testing Projects?
- With full-time staff available 24/7 and an extensive courier system, we are able to accommodate projects of any size and projects with expedited turnaround time.
- We maintain a large inventory of instrumentation with built-in redundancy ensuring timely reporting to meet project schedules and the ability to accommodate schedule and scope changes.
- We routinely support PFAS programs for multiple stakeholders including DoD, EPA, state agencies, and commercial manufacturers as well as providing subcontract support to small business lab partners.
- Our ongoing method development and method optimization ensures we continue to meet industry and client objectives.
Are you interested in learning even more about PFAS?
Eurofins Environment Testing recently sponsored PFAS seminars in Boston and Philadelphia in 2019, which featured experts with different specializations regarding these problematic compounds. Click below to request presentations from the Philadelphia event, to to sign up and receive occasional emails about Eurofins' work with PFAS, including information about future seminar events, or to view our webinars on the topic.