EN ISO 15586:2003

Water quality - Determination of trace elements using atomic absorption spectrometry with graphite furnace (ISO 15586:2003)

Publication date:   Jul 30, 2004

General information

90.93 Standard confirmed   May 21, 2008


CEN/TC 230 Water analysis

European Norm

13.060.50   Examination of water for chemical substances



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ISO 15586:2003 includes principles and procedures for the determination of trace levels of: Ag, Al, As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sb, Se, Tl, V, and Zn in surface water, ground water, drinking water, wastewater and sediments, using atomic absorption spectrometry with electrothermal atomization in a graphite furnace. The method is applicable to the determination of low concentrations of elements.
The detection limit of the method for each element depends on the sample matrix as well as of the instrument, the type of atomizer and the use of chemical modifiers. For water samples with a simple matrix (i.e. low concentration of dissolved solids and particles), the method detection limits will be close to instrument detection limits. The minimum acceptable detection limit values for a 20-microlitre sample volume are specified.

Related legislation

Legislation related to this standard


Proposal for a EP and Council Decision establishing the list of priority substances in the field of water policy COM(2000)47 New version of 01/990: PE-CONS 3645/01 (2001-09-04) : PE and Council Decision on List of Priority Substances for WFD


Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy (substitutes Directive Reference 01/991 - Common Position on WFD)

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EN ISO 15586:2003
90.93 Standard confirmed
May 21, 2008