BS EN ISO 17294-2:2016 - Water quality. Application of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Determination of selected elements including uranium isotopes

BS EN ISO 17294-2:2016

Water quality. Application of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Determination of selected elements including uranium isotopes

Status : Current   Published : August 2016



This part of ISO 17294 specifies a method for the determination of the elements aluminium, antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, bismuth, boron, cadmium, caesium, calcium, cerium, chromium, cobalt, copper, dysprosium, erbium, gadolinium, gallium, germanium, gold, hafnium, holmium, indium, iridium, iron, lanthanum, lead, lithium, lutetium, magnesium, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, neodymium, nickel, palladium, phosphorus, platinum, potassium, praseodymium, rubidium, rhenium, rhodium, ruthenium, samarium, scandium, selenium, silver, sodium, strontium, terbium, tellurium, thorium, thallium, thulium, tin, tungsten, uranium and its isotopes, vanadium, yttrium, ytterbium, zinc and zirconium in water (for example, drinking water, surface water, ground water, waste water and eluates).

Taking into account the specific and additionally occurring interferences, these elements can also be determined in digests of water, sludges and sediments (for example, digests of water as described in ISO 15587‑1 or ISO 15587‑2 ).

The working range depends on the matrix and the interferences encountered. In drinking water and relatively unpolluted waters, the limit of quantification ( xLQ) lies between 0,002 µg/l and 1,0 µg/l for most elements (see Table 1). The working range typically covers concentrations between several pg/l and mg/l depending on the element and pre-defined requirements.

The quantification limits of most elements are affected by blank contamination and depend predominantly on the laboratory air-handling facilities available on the purity of reagents and the cleanliness of glassware.

The lower limit of quantification is higher in cases where the determination suffers from interferences (see Clause 5) or memory effects (see ISO 17294‑1:2004 , 8.2).

Table 1
Lower limits of quantification ( xLQ) for unpolluted water

[This table has been removed.]


Depending on the instrumentation, significantly lower limits can be achieved.


In order to avoid incorrect results due to the varying isotop ratios in the environment, the signal intensities of 206Pb, 207Pb and 208Pb shall be added.


In order to reach these limits, depending on interferences, the use of a collision/reaction cell is recommended

Standard NumberBS EN ISO 17294-2:2016
TitleWater quality. Application of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Determination of selected elements including uranium isotopes
Publication Date31 August 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)ISO 3696, ISO 15587-1, ISO 5667-1, ISO 8466-1, ISO 15587-2, ISO 17294-1:2004, ISO 5667-3
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO 7027-1, ISO/TS 13530
ReplacesBS EN ISO 17294-2:2004, BS 6068-2.89:2004
International RelationshipsEN ISO 17294-2 (ISO 17294-2:20,ISO 17294-2:2016
Draft Superseded By14/30279905 DC
DescriptorsWater testing, Quality, Cadmium, Iridium, Potable water, Silver, Vanadium, Water, Arsenic, Antimony, Potassium, Copper, Sludge, Tungsten, Rhenium, Germanium, Phosphorus, Scandium, Metals, Strontium, Gold, Spectroscopy, Chemical analysis and testing, Boron, Caesium, Thallium, Bismuth, Yttrium, Chromium, Cobalt, Palladium, Beryllium, Zinc, Surface water, Magnesium, Aluminium, Calcium, Gallium, Ground water, Nickel, Molybdenum, Selenium, Platinum, Mass spectrometry, Water pollution, Tin inorganic compounds, Rubidium, Lithium, Tellurium, Hafnium, Rhodium, Determination of content, Indium, Ruthenium, Lanthanides, Uranium, Zirconium, Thorium, Barium, Sodium, Interferences (chemical), Manganese, Lead
Title in FrenchQualité de l’eau. Application de la spectrométrie de masse avec plasma à couplage inductif (ICP-MS). Dosage des éléments sélectionnés y compris les isotopes d’uranium
Title in GermanWasserbeschaffenheit. Anwendung der induktiv gekoppelten Plasma-Massenspektrometrie (ICP-MS). Bestimmung von ausgewählten Elementen einschließlich Uran-Isotope
ISBN978 0 580 82291 9
File Size2.016 MB

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