Frequent Questions

Where can I find EPA Test Methods?

Collection of Methods for Environmental Measurement: The Office of the Science Advisor maintains this source of numerous methods and guidelines.

The Index to EPA Test Methods provides information on locating and obtaining test methods and provides both chemical name and numeric indexes.

Once you open the PDF at Index to EPA Test Methods, use your browser's Find function: you can search the index by analyte name (such as potassium) or by a broader type of substance (such as pesticides). The Index will give the EPA method number and list where the method can be found.

Some methods are published as a part of official EPA publications. In these cases, the Test Method Index will list the EPA publication number. Many, but not all, of these publications are available online in the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)

Other EPA test methods are available on our Web site. Once you've located a method of interest, we recommend that you do an EPA Web search using the EPA search page: search with the term “method nnnn,” where nnnn is the method number.

Many test methods are published in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This resource is available online at Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.

SW-846, Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physical/Chemical Methods, is the Office of Land and Emergency Management's (OLEM) official compendium of analytical and sampling methods that have been evaluated and approved for use in complying with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations.

For SW-846 questions, technical assistance is available from the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. See: Contact Us About Hazardous Waste Test Methods

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