GESTIS - Analytical methods

Various sampling systems

Laboratory equipment
Source: IFA

Open database


This database contains validated lists of methods from various EU member states, the USA and Canada described as suitable for the analysis of chemical agents at workplaces. The priority of substances covered here was defined in line with their relevance to workplace health.

In its original form, the database represented the outcome of the European project BC/CEN/ENTR/000/2002-16 "Analytical methods for chemical agents". Article 3 (10) of the Chemical Agents directive 98/24/EC (PDF, 70 KB) called for suitable analytical methods for hazardous substances in the workplace atmosphere.

Lists of analytical methods were compiled for 123 substances. The analytical methods have been indicatively rated considering the requirements of European standards. As a consequence, the methods in best agreement with these requirements were selected for detailed description. Finally method sheets for 229 methods were drawn up.

The project was greatly supported by the European Commission and the EFTA. Furthermore the German standardisation organisation DIN supported the project organisation as responsible secretary for CEN TC 137.

The present database was elaborated in co-operation with experts of ten European institutes:

  • Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt (AUVA), Austria
  • ENI Corporate, Italy
  • Eurofins Danmark A/S, Denmark
  • Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), United Kingdom
  • Institut für Gefahrstoff-Forschung der Berufsgenossenschaft Rohstoffe und chemische Industrie an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum (IGF), Germany
  • Institut National de Recherche et de Sécurité (INRS), France
  • Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo (INSHT), Spain
  • Institute for Applied Environmental Research, Air Pollution Laboratory(ITM), Sweden
  • Országos Munkahigiénés és Foglalkozás-egészségügyi Intézet (OMFI), Hungary

The database is being updated by WG 2 – General Requirements – of CEN TC 137. Data on 50 substances have been fully revised to date. The presentation has also been simplified within the updated database. The criteria for the overall assessment have not changed, and are based upon the requirements concerning measurement procedures set out in EN 481, 482, 838, 1076, 13890 and 13936. A further change is that all methods are now linked directly to the original sources, and users can thus access the comprehensive description of the method directly.

Usage and Disclaimer

The database may be made use of in occupational safety and health or in order to retrieve information about potential hazards of substances during use. Commercial use of data as well as partial or complete transfer of data into other information systems is prohibited unless to written prior consent by DGUV.

Data contained in the database have been produced and are maintained applying a maximum of care. Nevertheless, DGUV cannot for whatever reason be made liable for any damage.

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Update August 2016

Data on 50 substances have been updated. They are marked in the database.

Additional information


Prof Dr Dietmar Breuer

Division 2: Chemical and biological hazards

Tel: +49 30 13001-3200
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