Originally held February 21 & 22, 2023, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

The widespread presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment, in food, and in the bodies of humans and other animals, is a significant concern. These persistent “forever chemicals”—which break down extremely slowly—have been used broadly since the 1940s. As certain forms of PFAS are restricted, they are simply replaced by newer forms, which continue to be used in a broad range of industrial and consumer products, such as food contact materials, water- and stain-repellent fabrics, and fire-fighting foams. To address this concern, the analytical chemistry community is actively developing advanced techniques and methods to detect and measure PFAS—including targeted methods that provide increased sensitivity and untargeted methods to detect the widest range of compounds—and to try to assess the connections between exposure, bioaccumulation, and health impacts. Join us for this interactive symposium—which follows on from our highly successful 2022 PFAS Summit—to learn about new techniques and best practices to tackle this serious problem and to ask your questions.

Top Reasons to Attend

  • Learn about the latest developments in techniques and methods to detect and measure PFAS compounds in different types of matrices, such as environmental samples, food, and blood
  • Hear best practices for optimizing sample preparation, liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry (including high-resolution MS) methods for PFAS analysis
  • Learn how one lab minimized laboratory background to detect PFAS at ppb levels in blood
  • Get up to date on approaches for assessing the links between environmental exposure, bioaccumulation, and human health consequences

Who Should Attend

Anyone who wishes to learn more about developing or implementing analytical methods for the analysis of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment, in food, or in biological matrices.

Katerina Mastovska, AOAC INTERNATIONAL, Rockville, Maryland, USA spoke on Tuesday at 11:00 AM on New AOAC INTERNATIONAL Initiative to Address Gaps in PFAS Analysis in Food 

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