Improvement scheme for the determination of arsenic species in mussel and fish tissues

F. Lagarde, M. B. Amran, M. J. F. Leroy, C. Demesmay, M. Olle, A. Lamotte, H. Muntau, P. Michel, P. Thomas, S. Caroli, Erik Huusfeldt Larsen, P. Bonner, G. Rauret, M. Foulkes, A. Howard, B. Griepink, E. A. Maier

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Six interlaboratory studies were organised by the Standard, Measurement and Testing Programme of the European Commission on the determination of arsenic species (arsenobetaine, arsenocholine, monomethylarsonic acid, dimethylarsinic acid, As(III) and As(V)) in marine matrices and soil. A step-by-step approach was used and a meeting was held at the end of each study to help the participants to discover errors and to improve their analytical methods. The successive steps investigated the calibration procedures on various solutions, the separation and derivatisation techniques on solutions and extracts and the extraction on mussel and fish tissues. All materials used for the study were monitored for their stability. Verified calibration solutions and compounds were distributed to the participants in each exercise in order to trace calibration problems. The agreement between the results improved regularly and at the end of the six campaigns allowed the certification of a reference material of tuna-fish tissue (BCR-CRM 627) for its total arsenic, arsenobetaine and dimethylarsinic acid contents.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFresenius Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)5-11
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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