Standardised ISO Methodologies for the Assessment of Microplastics

As interest in microplastics in the environment and food chain grows, so does the interest in the potential impacts on environmental and human health. This, coupled with strong public attention, has led to various organizations worldwide looking towards the potential for regulations. For example, the European Chemical Agency is currently considering restrictions on the use of microplastics in the form of microbeads in personal care products. Furthermore, the first ISO standard document with general guidelines will be published this year. It can be expected that this will directly impact both official and contract laboratories and producers of drinking water, food, and other relevant products, which will need to better understand the amount, number, size, and ID of microplastic particles in their products. Alongside this broad approach, several countries are developing the standard testing methodology for microplastics in water, and the environment and organizations have been conducting interlaboratory studies as a step towards harmonization of testing methodologies to ensure the comparability of results. 

During this webinar, we will explore the development of these standard methodologies and some of the key challenges faced in their implementation.


What will you learn

  • What progress has been made in the development of standardised methodologies for microplastics?
  • What are some of the key challenges that remain in implementing these methodologies?
  • How might these developments impact other areas and the potential for implementing regulations?


Who should attend this webinar

  • Microplastics researchers
  • Microplastics analysts from commercial, QA, or research labs who seek to understand how their methods might be compatible with developing standardised methodologies
  • Those interested in the contamination of wastewater, seawater, freshwater, air, sediments, and food (such as fish, shellfish, crustaceans, and bottled water)


Dr. Anja Sokolowski
Senior Project Manager
DIN Standards Committee Water Practice


Dr. Andreas Kerstan
Product Specialist
Agilent Technologies


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Microplastics in the Environment Virtual Symposium

Agilent’s expertise provides a range of analytical solutions to both identify and quantify microplastics in the environment.

In our Microplastics Symposium, hear from industry experts and peers working within the field of Microplastics.

With a mixture of live talks across various topic areas and product demonstrations, this event is a great opportunity to uncover more about microplastics analysis in the lab. We will also have our experts available to chat live on the day, allowing you to further increase your knowledge and skills on this topical issue.


What topic areas can you expect to see on the day?

  • Microplastics Analysis with the 8700 LDIR with a focus on the marine environment;
  • Quantification of Microplastics with GC/MSD;
  • Current activities in the world of standardization;
  • Microplastics Analysis with the GC/Q-TOF;
  • And more.




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Identification of Microplastics Using the 8700 Laser Direct Infrared Imaging (LDIR) System

Contamination in our waterways, soil, air, and drinking water from microplastics is gaining significant public interest due largely to its emergence as an environmental threat. Researchers are now working towards standardized analytical solutions to best characterize these small particles in terms of chemical identity, size, shape, and total mass.

Organizations such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration define a microplastic as any particle of a plastic polymer that is less than 5 mm in size. However, it is smaller microplastic particles, less than 100 μm in size, that are often of the most interest. They are not visible to the naked eye and can make their way into the food chain.

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