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PFAS Minimum Laboratory Analyte List

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PFAS Minimum Laboratory Analyte List

Below is the minimum laboratory PFAS analyte list for analysis of fish, deer, and other animals, drinking water, groundwater, surface water, soil, wastewater effluent, and landfill leachate samples collected by Michigan’s Departments of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Health and Human Services, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Natural Resources.  The recommended minimum analyte list for groundwater, surface water, and wastewater is found in the EPA Method 8327 column. The minimum analyte list for the testing of fish, deer and other animals is marked by the fish icon. 

This minimum analyte list was developed based on the potential for these chemicals to be found in Michigan, the availability of the chemical standards used for testing, and the ability of available laboratories to test for these PFAS compounds.  This list includes PFAS that can be tested for in drinking water using United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Method 533 or 537.1, which are the only methods that should be used when analyzing drinking water samples. Other testing methodologies may be used to test for PFAS in other media (not drinking water). EPA Method 8327 has undergone multi-lab validation and has been published under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program and is used by the EGLE laboratory to test surface water, groundwater, and wastewater.  


Download the PFAS Recommended Minimum Laboratory Analyte List


NOTE: Draft EPA Method 1633 is currently undergoing multi-laboratory validation as part of the Clean Water Act (CWA) method approval process.  When a final PFAS analytical method for wastewater is published in 40 CFR Part 136, this method will be required for sampling conducted under the CWA, including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) permits.  Until EPA Method 1633 is approved, other testing methodology may be utilized such as EPA Method 8327, ASTM Method D7979, or in-house laboratory developed methods (i.e. 537.1 “Modified”). 

A fish icon (fish) indicates compounds that are also currently being tested in fish tissue by the Department of Health and Human Services Laboratory