EN 15527:2008

Characterization of waste - Determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in waste using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS)

Publication date:   Sep 19, 2008

General information

99.60 Withdrawal effective   Feb 16, 2022


CEN/TC 444 Environmental characterization of solid matrices

European Norm

13.030.01   Wastes in general | 71.040.50   Physicochemical methods of analysis



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This European Standard specifies the quantitative determination of 16 polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) according to the priority list of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, 1982). This European Standard is applicable for wastes such as contaminated soil, sludge and rubble, bitumen or waste containing bitumen.
This European Standard describes a gas chromatographic method with mass spectrometric detection (GC-MS). Under the conditions specified in this document, a typical lower limit of application of 0,1 mg/kg for each individual PAH can be achieved.
NOTE 1 This method may be applied to the analysis of other PAH compounds not specified in the scope provided its applicability has been proven by proper in-house validation experiments.
NOTE 2 For some materials, e. g. bitumen, the lower limit of application of 0,1 mg/kg cannot be achieved due to interferences.
NOTE 3 Under certain circumstances the method may be applicable to PAH concentrations lower than 0,1 mg/kg but it is in the responsibility of the laboratory to provide proper validation data for such low concentrations.

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EN 15527:2008
99.60 Withdrawal effective
Feb 16, 2022


EN 17503:2022