D22 Air Quality

    About the Event

    Abstracts are being solicited for the Conference on Detection Limits to be held Monday-Wednesday August 29-31, 2016 at the Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone in Raleigh, North Carolina and is sponsored by ASTM Committee D22 on Air Quality.

    The concept of detection limits in environmental measurements can vary in meaning dependent on technology, application or stakeholder community. Stakeholders in regulatory volatile organic compound (VOC) measurement will define MDL in a very different way than those interested in asbestos or mold determinations. Even within the same environmental agency where offices are tasked with similar activity, the definition for detection limit will have a different meaning dependent on the office that defines the term. In addition, navigating the concept of detection limits confronts stakeholders with a cornucopia of interrelated terms such as IDLs, LCMRLs, LDLs, LOQs, MDLs, PQLs, and RLs.

    The goal of the 2016 ASTM Perspectives on Detection Limits Conference is to provide a forum to educate, discuss and debate the various aspects of detection limits as applied to the various fields of environmental measurements and to ascertain where collaborative activity under the ASTM International umbrella can serve to simply and coalesce some of the various terms under the concept of detection limits.


    • Overview of detection limits and the cornucopia of related terms
    • The mathematical basis behind the establishment of detection limits
    • How particular stakeholders apply detection limits to their field of interest
    • Implications of detection limit definition inhomogenaities
    • What is done when a value is needed and data is below a detection limit; the half MDL or zero issue
    • How can consensus and coalescence be achieved

    Featured Speakers
    Michael Brisson, Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC

    Dr. Steve Morgan, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

    Lara Phelps, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC

    Technical Program

    Days and Times
    Monday, 8:00am-5:00pm
    Tuesday, 8:00am-5:00pm
    Wednesday, 8:00am-1:00pm

    The full technical program (presentation times, paper titles, and presenters' names) will be posted on the ASTM website by June 2016.

    Registration Information

    Online registration is now open and closes August 19, 2016. The fees to attend this conference are listed below.

    Students – A student's fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID. The waived fee includes admission to the technical sessions only.

    All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the workshop. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at workshop.

    If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Hannah Sparks in Symposia Operations at hsparks@astm.org, Tel: 610-832-9677, or ASTM Technical Support at support@astm.org or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or +1-610-832-9578 (international).


    A refund of the conference fee will be honored only if requested at least 7 business days prior to the workshop. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Hannah Sparks at hsparks@astm.org or 610-832-9677.

    OnlineOn Site
    ASTM Member Fee399.00425.00
    Non-Member Fee399.00425.00
    Presenter Fee399.00425.00
    Student Fee Waived Waived

    Continuing Education Units

    Conference attendees interested in receiving 1.75 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should complete a CEU application form at the adjournment of the workshop, and then submit it to the ASTM staff member on site. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the workshop.

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the conference is available from Conference Chairman Michael Brisson, Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC, Email: mike.brisson@srs.gov, Tel 1-803-952-4400.

    Hotel Information

    The conference will be held at the:
    Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone
    1707 Hillsborough Street
    Raleigh, North Carolina, 27605
    Phone Number: 919-828-0811

    A block of rooms have been reserved from August 28, 2016 - September 1, 2016. The special room rate of $129.00 single or double will be available until July 31, 2016 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

    Booking a reservation through the website, please visit
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh - Brownstone - University

    To make a reservation by telephone, please reference "ASTM Committee D22 Conference" for the $129.00 rate to apply.

    See you at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh - Brownstone - University in August! We hope you enjoy your stay and your group's event!

    Standards Development Meetings

    Meeting schedules of Committee D22 are posted on the ASTM web site at www.astm.org/COMMIT/COMMITTEE/D22.htm or contact the ASTM staff manager, Jeff Adkins at email: jadkins@astm.org or tel: 610-832-9738.

    Future Meeting Dates

    Committee D22 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information, visit the web page listed immediately above, and click on "Future Meetings".

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