EPA Test Methods for PFAS

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Pace® was one of the first environmental labs approved by the EPA for PFAS, and we’re continuing that tradition by working with the agency to validate new, more advanced methods.

EPA Test Method 537.1

Matrix: Drinking Water

Compounds: 18

An EPA validated method, Method 537.1 was developed to replace Method 537 and is commonly used for drinking water compliance. In addition to analyzing for the 14 compounds covered by Method 537, Method 537.1 also analyzes for four replacement PFAS*, including 11Cl-PF3OUdS, 9Cl-PF3ONS, ADONA, and HFPO-DA.

*Replacement PFAS are short-chain, potentially less toxic PFAS compounds used to replace PFAS with known toxicity, such as PFOA and PFOS.

For a list of PFAS compounds by test method

EPA Test Method 533

Matrix: Drinking Water

Compounds: 25

Method 533 expanded the number of short-chain PFAS compounds that can be analyzed for in drinking water samples. Method 533 does not replace Method 537.1, but together, the tests can be used to analyze for 29 PFAS compounds. Method 533 is also commonly used for drinking water compliance, and both Methods 533 and 537.1 will be required for UCMR 5 compliance.

Update: Pace® receives provisional approval by the EPA to provide testing services for UCMR 5

EPA SW-846 Method 8327

Matrices: Ground & Surface Waters, Wastewater, Leachate, Wastewater Sludge & Biosolids

Compounds: 24

Published as final in June of 2021, Method 8327 is designed for non-potable waters, including surface water, groundwater, and wastewater. Pace® will begin offering this method in early 2022 and will seek certification when it becomes available. However, as currently defined, Method 8327 has a number of limitations, and we will continue to offer PFAS by Isotope Dilution and Draft Method 1633.

EPA Draft Method 1633

Matrices: Ground & Surface Waters, Wastewater, Leachate, Wastewater Sludge & Biosolids, Soil & Other Solids

Compounds: 40

Published in August of 2021, Draft Method 1633 closely resembles PFAS by Isotope Dilution and can quantitate 40 compounds across a wide range of solid and aqueous matrices. Method 1633 will likely replace all laboratory-specific SOPs as well as state and DOD-specific guidance and methods. Method 1633 will also play a vital role in the EPA’s efforts to study, monitor, and regulate PFAS in nearly all matrices and regulatory programs except drinking water.

EPA OTM 45

Matrices: Air

Compounds: 50

OTM (Other Test Methods) are EPA test methods that have not yet gone through the agency’s rule-making process, but are urgently needed to support agency initiatives. OTM 45 was issued as draft in January 2021 by the EPA’s Emission Measurements Center (EMC) to promote consistency and best practices when sampling and analyzing PFAS in stack emissions. Pace® uses OTM 45 to analyze stack emissions for its industrial clients.

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