Work Item
ASTM WK55083

New Practice for Describing and Specifying Inductively Coupled Plasma (Quadrupole) Mass Spectrometers

1. Scope

1.1 This practice describes the components of an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS), primarily quadrupole, that are basic to its operation and performance. The practice identifies critical factors affecting accuracy, precision, sensitivity, and analytical performance in general. It is not the intent of this practice to specify component tolerances or performance criteria, since these are unique for each instrument. A prospective user should consult with the vendor, before placing an order, to design a testing protocol that will demonstrate that the instrument meets all anticipated needs. 1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only. 1.3 This practice does not purport to address all of the safety and environmental problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Some specific safety hazard statements are given in Section 16.


ICP-MS, Mass Spectrometry, spectroscopy


This practice will describe the various components of an ICP-MS and may be referenced in future ASTM methods from E01.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: E01.20

Committee: E01

Staff Manager: Jamie Huffnagle

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 06-29-2016

Technical Contact: Michael DeLeon

Item: 008

Ballot: E01 (17-03)

Status: Withdrawn From Balloting