Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Summary Analyses of plankton are performed by a number of organisations to investigate the transfer and uptake of toxic elements along the trophic chain and to monitor the levels of contamination of different aquatic environments. In order to obtain reliable transfer functions in environmental models or to use plankton as an indicator organism for the assessment of environmental pollution, these analyses should give accurate results. As accuracy requires quality control and the application of certified reference materials (CRMs), a certification campaign has been conducted by the Community Bureau of Reference (BCR). A plankton material was collected in a freshwater pond, lyophilised, homogenised and bottled and its homogeneity and long-term stability were verified. The material (CRM 414) was analysed by a group of 15 selected laboratories having given proof of their adequate QC and using different analytical methods. The contents of As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Se, V and Zn are certified. This paper presents the certification work performed.
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