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ASTM International to Host October Symposium on Detection Limits

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Press Release from ASTM dated August 22, 2018

ASTM International’s committee on air quality (D22) is sponsoring the Symposium on Detection Limits, Oct. 25-26, 2018, at the Churchill Hotel, Washington, D.C., USA. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the October standards development meetings of the committee.


The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum to educate, discuss, and debate the various aspects of detection limits as applied to the various fields of environmental measurements and to ascertain where collaborative activity under the ASTM International umbrella can serve to simplify and coalesce some of the various terms under the concept of detection limits.


Topics of the symposia include, but are not limited to:

  • Overview of detection limits, quantitation limits, and the cornucopia of related terms,
  • Mathematical basis behind the establishment of detection limits and quantitation limits,
  • How particular stakeholders in science and industry apply detection limits and quantitation limits to their field of interest,
  • Implications of the multiplicity of terms and definitions for policy makers, science and industry, statisticians, and other stakeholders,
  • The issue of censored data (that is, data below a laboratory’s reporting limit), and more.


Registration questions can be directed to Tessa Sulkes (see below). For technical questions, contact symposiumchairman Mike Brisson (mike.brisson@srnl.doe.gov).


To register for the symposium, please visit http://www.astm.org/D22OctReg2018.


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