York Analytical is the preeminent laboratory for PFAS Testing and Analysis.
Expert Testing, Senior Technical Leadership, and
Methodologies & Instrumentation for new PFAS Regulations.
Your PFAS Team is Local
Our state-of-art PFAS laboratory is located in the heart of our service region, in Queens, NY. We mobilize our regional field service teams to meet clients’ needs from Albany to Philadelphia, covering Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. When your samples arrive, they aren’t re-packaged and shipped to an outside lab, they get on our instruments in a timely manner to ensure best possible turnaround times.
York has invested aggressively and worked continuously with vendors to pioneer new technologies to become the most efficient PFAS laboratory in the region. With three of Aglient’s latest HPLC-MS/MS systems and a fleet of automated SPE extraction equipment, laboratory capacity is high, and we provide results in as little as three business days
Expertise that is second to none. York’s senior technical team developed the methods for preparation and analysis using isotope dilution with HPLC/MS-MS while developing and implementing methods for drinking water using EPA methods 537 and 537.1. We developed a TOP Assay technique to assist environmental consultants in determining more than the simple list of 24 PFAS species typically examined.
We are certified to analyze drinking water samples by EPA 537 and EPA 537.1 in New York and Connecticut. New Jersey certification is pending. We also analyze groundwater and soil by EPA 537M, a modified isotope dilution method which New York requires for all regulated projects.
In August of 2022, York gained certification in EPA 533 in New York with applications to NJ and CT pending. EPA 1633 capabilities are expected to be in place by November 1, 2022. Please refer to the table below for the PFAS compounds we’re able to analyze and their associated methods.
PFAS analysis can be broken down into three basic steps: extraction, concentration, and instrumental analysis. Once we’ve acquired our data, we can upload it to our Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for final reporting to you.
However, like an efficient analytical process, the devil is in the details, and having good sampling procedures at the outset will go a long way to obtaining the best data possible for your project.
PFAS Sampling: Why it’s Important to You
PFAS compounds are ubiquitous in the environment. They’re present in the clothing we wear, the fabric softener we use, on the inside of food wrappers, and even in some lotions. Special considerations should be taken prior to any sampling event.
A Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) technique is used to extract target PFAS compounds from water and soil samples. PFAS compounds are absorbed onto a specialized media and then eluted into a liquid extract. Utilizing the latest instrumentation from Promochrom Technologies, York has been able to dramatically increase its efficiency by being able to simultaneously extract samples, rather than sequentially.
Sample extracts are then concentrated under a stream of Ultra High Purity Nitrogen to a volume appropriate to the sample matrix. Adding this step ensures that our clients receive results to a detection limit often surpassing state and federal regulations.
York’s fleet of Agilent’s top-of-the-line High Pressure Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometer (HPLC-MS/MS) systems analyze PFAS samples. The HPLC system is used to separate compounds of concern into individual components so as they enter the detector (the MS/MS) we’re able to measure the concentration of each compound individually down to very low levels.
In the MS/MS, a targeted mass spectrometry (MS) technique called multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) is employed to allow measurement of specific compounds in a complex matrix like groundwater or soil samples. Each compound has a unique transition, or “signature,” within the MS allowing for accurate qualitative identification. This technology also lends itself to an isotope dilution application.
Why Isotope Dilution?
An isotope dilution approach to PFAS testing is utilized because it’s the most accurate way to measure compounds of concern, especially down to very low levels. At the beginning of every sample preparation, known quantities of an isotopic analogue of each PFAS compound is added to a sample. While these compounds are the same in every way as their native counterpart, replacing some atoms carbon-13 or deuterium means that they will respond differently on the instrument and then can be measured independently.
The isotopically labeled compound will behave in the exact same manner as any native compound present in a sample. Therefore, a direct measurement of extraction efficiency for each individual analyte allows for a correction factor to be applied to each result, providing the most accurate and reliable data.