Work Item
ASTM WK75330

New Test Method for Determination of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Water Using Porous Selective Polymer (PSP) Extraction Devices and Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)

1. Scope

The study of water, the promotion of knowledge thereof, and the standardization of terminology methods for:
* Sampling and analysis of water, waterborne materials, and wastes, water- formed deposits and fluvial sediments,
* Surface-water hydraulics and hydrologic measurements,
* The determination of the performance of materials or products used to modify water characteristics, and
* The determination of the corrosivity or deposit forming properties of water.
The term "water" includes, but is not limited to, surface waters (rivers, lakes, artificial impoundments, runoff, etc.), groundwaters and springwaters, wastewaters (mine drainage, landfill leachate, brines, waters resulting from atmospheric precipitation and condensation (with the exception of acid deposition), process waters, potable waters, glacial melt waters, steam, water for subsurface injection and water discharges including waterborne materials and water-formed deposits.
The work of the Committee will be coordinated with other ASTM Committees and other societies and organizations having mutual interests.


porous selective polymer; PSP; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; PAHs; water analysis


The need of analyzing trace concentration of pollutants in water samples has initiated the introduction of various products with different associated methods in the sample preparation market. However, there is still a need for a reliable and user-friendly extraction device that can tolerate different matrices and does not need specific apparatus, which complicates the laboratory process. PSP extraction device provides a reliable method that has been engineered to facilitate the water sample extraction process. To introduce this product to the sample preparation market, the associated method needs to be approved through a regulatory agency to be validated to be used in commercial environmental laboratories. The users of this standard are the analysts who are working in environmental laboratories and need to analyze PAHs in water samples.

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


Developed by Subcommittee: D19.06

Committee: D19

Staff Manager: Brian Milewski

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 01-01-2021

Technical Contact: Fereshteh Shahhoseini

Item: 001

Ballot: D19.06 (21-06)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution

Item: 001

Ballot: D19.06 (21-03)

Status: Will Reballot Item