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NIES certified reference materials for arsenic speciation


 The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) recently prepared two candidate certified reference materials (CRMs) for arsenicals to meet the growing demand for the quality assurance of arsenic speciation analysis. The NIES candidate CRM No. 14 Brown Alga was prepared from Hijiki seaweed for the certification of inorganic arsenic content, and No. 15 Scallop was prepared from adductor muscle of scallop for the certification of arsenobetaine content. The preparation of the candidate CRMs is briefly described. Cooperative analyses for total arsenic content of the candidate CRMs have been underway. The preliminary speciation analysis at NIES revealed difficulty in establishing suitable conditions for extracting arsenic species from the materials. Chromatograms of arsenic species by a high performance liquid chromatography-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometric detection system are presented to provide information about arsenic species present in these candidate CRMs.

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Yoshinaga, J., Shibata, Y., Horiguchi, T. et al. NIES certified reference materials for arsenic speciation. Accred Qual Assur 2, 154–156 (1997).

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  • Key words Inorganic arsenic
  • Arsenobetaine
  • Speciation
  • Certified reference material
  • Marine organism