ICP & ICP-MS Standards

Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) is an analytical technique utilised in the detection of trace metals in a wide variety of matrices. Two main methods of detection are commonly used; ICP-OES (Optical Emission Spectroscopy) and ICP-MS (Mass Spectroscopy).

ICP-OES is predominantly used for samples with high total dissolved solids (TDS) or suspended solids and is, therefore, suited to analysis of ground water, wastewater, soil, and solid waste - although it can also be used for drinking water analysis. ICP-MS, on the other hand, is mainly used for analysing samples with lower regulatory limits.

Our ICP standards and ICP-MS standards are assayed by validated ICP and wet chemical procedures to obtain the certified value. The standards we offer for ICP and ICP-MS are traceable to specified NIST SRMs; The NIST-traceable density is shown on the Certificate of Analysis.


Main advantages


Main advantages

ICP-MS is becoming a workhorse for metal analysis in water not only because it offers lower detection limits. The following features also contribute to its wide range of environmental applications:

  • Wide dynamic range
  • Efficiently removes polyatomic spectral interferences using collision cell technology
  • Rapid semi-quantitative analysis
  • Isotopic analysis
  • Speciation capability

Regulatory methods

  • EPA 200.8
  • EPA 321.8 (IC-ICP-MS)
  • EPA 6020
  • ISO/DIS 17294-1:2004
  • ISO 17294-2:2016
  • NEN 6427:1999

ICP-OES is used for all the matrices of environmental samples especially for high-matrix samples. The following features also contribute its wide range of environmental applications:

  • Only analytical grade reagents are sufficient
  • Simpler method development does not need a specialist with highly technical expertise
  • Overall is a cheaper option if the elements do not need lower detection limit that ICP-MS delivers

Regulatory methods

  • EPA 200.5
  • EPA 200.7
  • EPA 6010
  • ISO 11885:2007
  • ISO/TC 190/SC3/WG1 N0252
  • NPR 6425:1995
  • NEN 6426:1995
  • EN 12506: 2003