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TestAmerica Pioneers New Procedure for Determining Method Detection and Quantitation Limits


Dr. Richard Burrows of TestAmerica, nationally recognized for his technical expertise, will present on a new procedure designed to determine method detection and quantitation limits. The presentation will be held at the 2008 National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) on August 14, 2008 in Washington, DC.

This procedure, pioneered by Dr. Burrows and further developed under his leadership in association with an EPA sponsored Federal Advisory Committee, is intended to replace the current method detection limit (MDL) procedure found in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The procedure was designed for applicability to a broad range of analytical methods. Dr. Burrows will explore the general concepts incorporated into the new procedure, as well as discuss the reasons for several difficult decisions that went into its development.

Dr. Burrows, Director of Technical Services at TestAmerica, is actively involved with environmental methods and technique development through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL), and Federal Advisory Committee on Detection and Quantitation. Dr. Burrows’ method development work has involved bringing new perspectives to method detection limits (MDLs), quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), environmental reference materials, volatile and semivolatile organic compound methods and HPLC/MS. For more information on this new procedure, please contact Dr. Burrows through TestAmerica’s Ask the Expert webpage.

About TestAmerica

TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, including 40 laboratories and 27 service centers. TestAmerica provides innovative technical expertise and comprehensive analytical testing services. Specialty analyses include source and ambient air, aquatic toxicity, explosives, specialty organics, dioxins, drinking water, sediments and tissues, emerging contaminants, radiochemistry and mixed waste testing.

TestAmerica affiliate companies include EMLab P&K, the leader in analytical microscopy and indoor air quality; QED Environmental Systems, Inc., the leading supplier of groundwater sampling equipment and remediation pumping systems; TestAmerica Drilling Corp., provider of innovative environmental and geotechnical drilling, and TestAmerica Air Emissions Corp. (METCO Environmental), specializing in air emissions testing. TestAmerica currently employs over 3,200 professionals dedicated to exceptional service and solutions for our clients’ environmental testing needs.


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 method detection
 quantitation limit
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