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Poly- and Per-fluoroalkyl Substances Workshop: Follow-up to 2016 Proficiency Study

Event Start:
23/02/2017 1:30 PM
Event Finish:
23/02/2017 4:30 PM
National Measurement Institute
105 Delhi Road, North Ryde and other locations via video conference

In 2016 the National Measurement Institute (NMI) conducted Australia’s second proficiency study for poly- and per-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Twenty-four laboratories participated in this study in which total and linear PFOS and PFOA were analysed in fish, soil and water. A copy of the final report is available.  

Proficiency testing assesses the performance of different laboratories and analytical methods by comparing their results for a single sample, and helps provide end-user confidence in overall data quality and reliability of results. NMI is hosting a free workshop for end-users of PFAS data (e.g. consultants, regulators, site managers/owners) to discuss the results of the present study, the significance of proficiency study results, the complexities of PFAS analysis, possible needs for future analysis and plans for the next round of proficiency studies. The workshop will also include several presentations related to these topics.  


Karl Bowles
Senior Scientist, Contaminants & Risk: Chemicals, NSW Office of Environment & Heritage  

Raluca Iavetz
Senior Scientist, Chemical Reference Values, National Measurement Institute  

Gavin Stevenson
Manager, Australian Ultra-Trace Laboratory, National Measurement Institute  


The workshop will be held in Sydney; participants are also welcome to join by video conference at the locations shown below: 

Host Location: National Measurement Institute, 105 Delhi Road, North Ryde

Participating Locations:
Adelaide - NMI, 22-24 Furness Avenue, Edwardstown, SA (1.00-4.00pm)
Brisbane - NMI, 33 Kingtel Place, Geebung, QLD (12.30-3.30pm)
Canberra - Industry House, 10 Binara Street, Canberra, ACT (1.30-4.30pm)
Hobart - NMI, 15a Lampton Avenue, Derwent Park, TAS (1:30-4:30pm)
Melbourne - NMI, 1/153 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne, VIC (1.30-4.30pm)
Perth - NMI, 456 Victoria Road, Malaga, WA (10.30am-1.30pm) 

Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for local sign-in procedures. 


Advanced registration is requred as seating is limited.  Registration is free and will close 48 hours prior to the workshop.
For further information, please contact: Cheryl Lim, 02 8467 3845 or 0451 632 202, or by email on  

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