Standard Historical Last Updated: Nov 11, 2013
ASTM D4443-12

Standard Test Method for Determining Residual Vinyl Chloride Monomer Content in PPB Range in Vinyl Chloride Homo- and Co-Polymers by Headspace Gas Chromatography

Significance and Use

5.1 Vinyl chloride-containing polymers are widely used to package a variety of materials, including foods.

5.2 Vinyl chloride monomer has been shown to be a human carcinogen. Threshold toxicity value has not been established.

5.3 Plastic manufacturers, food packagers, government agencies, etc. have a need to know the residual vinyl chloride monomer content of vinyl chloride-containing polymers.


1.1 This test method is suitable for determining the residual vinyl chloride monomer (RVM) content of homopolymer and copolymers of vinyl chloride down to a level of 5 ppb.

1.2 This test method is applicable to any polymer form, such as resin, compound, film, bottle wall, etc. that can be dissolved in a suitable solvent.

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Book of Standards Volume: 08.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D20.70
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.1520/D4443-12
ICS Code: 83.080.20