Second Symposium on Detection Limits in Air Quality and Environmental Measurements

Date: October 19, 2022 - October 21, 2022

Event Location:  Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Organized by: ASTM Committee D22 on Air Quality



About the Event

The Second Symposium on Detection Limits in Air Quality and Environmental Measurements will be held Wednesday-Friday, October 19-21, 2022. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D22 on Air Quality, the symposium will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans LA, in conjunction with the October standards development meetings of the committee.


Objective and Scope

The concept of detection limits in environmental measurements can vary in meaning dependent on technology, application, or stakeholder community. Stakeholders in regulatory volatile organic compound (VOC) measurement can define method detection limit (MDL) in a very different way than those interested in metals and metalloids or in counting methods such as asbestos or mold determinations. Even within the same environmental agency where offices are tasked with similar activities, the definition of detection limit may have a different meaning dependent on the office that defines the term. In addition, navigating the concept of detection limits confronts stakeholders with a cornucopia of interrelated and at times overlapping terms such as IDLs, LCMRLs, LDLs, LOQs, MDLs, PQLs, and RLs.

This symposium follows a 2016 conference and a 2018 symposium that produced an STP with 15 peer-reviewed papers. Like the previous events, this symposium will provide a forum to educate, discuss and debate the various aspects of detection limits as applied to the various fields of environmental measurements and to ascertain where collaborative activity under the ASTM International umbrella can serve to simply and coalesce some of the various terms under the concept of detection limits. Emergent topics will be included along the more traditional topics in the “detection limits” umbrella. Two panel discussions are planned.

Topics for this symposium include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Detection Limits Standards (or the lack thereof)
  • Policy Issues
  • When Occupational Limit Values Are Below Detection Limits
  • How Laboratories Determine Reporting Limits
  • Mathematical Basis for Detection Limit Calculations
  • Applications and Recent Developments
  • Censoring of Data Based on Detection and Quantitation Limits
  • Instrumentation with Low Background Levels
  • Measurement Uncertainty (including sampling uncertainty) and the Impact on Detection Limits
  • Cases “For” and “Against” Controlling False Negatives
  • “Detection Limits” Nomenclature (e.g., chemistry, asbestos, radioactive particle counting)

The language of the symposium will be English.


Abstract Submission

To participate in the symposium, authors must submit a 250 to 300-word preliminary abstract using the online Abstract Submission Portal no later than February 14, 2022. To ensure your abstract was received into the ASTM database, please email and let us know that you have submitted an abstract.

The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper's suitability for this symposium. The symposium chair(s) will notify you via email and postal mail by March 18, 2022 of your paper’s acceptability for presentation at the symposium. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the author will be requested to submit a final abstract a few months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in a program booklet at the symposium.


Publication Information

Symposium authors are required to submit their papers for ASTM publication in Selected Technical Papers (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors’ instructions via email. Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due no later than August 26, 2022. The corresponding author (the author who is the main contact with ASTM Headquarters) will receive a copy of his/her paper in portable document format (PDF). All published authors will have the opportunity to purchase reprints of their papers at a nominal cost. Only those papers submitted by the manuscript due date will be considered for inclusion in the STP.

Please note that all submitted papers are subject to peer review by two independent reviewers. The STP will be submitted to the Library of Congress with an ISBN number and will be reviewed for inclusion in the Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) and Google Scholar.


Technical Program

To view the technical program (presentation times, paper titles, and presenters’ names), please click click here.



Registration is now open. The fees to attend this event are listed below.



September 15, 2022

After September 15, 2022
ASTM Member $460.00 $560.00
Non-member $560.00 $660.00
Presenter $360.00 $460.00
Session Chair $360.00 $460.00

All Attendees – All attendees are urged to register before September 15th for this symposium so that space requirements can be accommodated. All attendees must check-in at the ASTM Registration Desk to obtain their name badge before entering the event room.

Students – Student’s may be eligable to register at a reduced fee provided they are a full-time student and are not employed full-time. In order to receive the discounted fee, the student must be able to provide a valid university email address for registrtation.  Students must also check in at the ASTM Registration Area on site to pick up thier name badge before entering the event room. Please note that students may be asked to show thier valid student ID in order to reiceve their badge, The discounted fee is for addmission to the technical sessions only. To register as a student, please email ASTM Symposia Operations at

Cancellations – A refund of the symposium fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the start of the event. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Symposia Operations at or 610-832-9698.

If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Symposia Operations at Tel: 610-832-9698, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).


Technical Chair Contact Information

Symposium Chair
Mike Brisson
Phone: +1 803-646-5995

Symposium Co-Chairs
Tom Bzik
Phone: +1 484-274-3645

Raul Dominguez
Phone: +1 951-317-2165


Continuing Education Units

Symposium attendees interested in receiving 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) must complete the CEU application form in the back of the program booklet and email it to ASTM Symposia Operations at You must be registered and have attended the entire event in order to receive the CEU’s. A certificate will be sent to you via email approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the symposium concludes.


Hotel Information

All meetings will be held at The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, LA 73101.

Hotel Reservations:

Please support ASTM International by reserving your sleeping room at our official October Committee Week Hotel and Meeting site.

The discounted rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than September 12th, 2022. The ASTM rate is $209 plus tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation, once submitted a confirmation number will be provided electronically.

To book accommodations using the ASTM rate, please click here:  Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Reservations

The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system, using the blue hyperlink above. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in.

CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, notice of cancelation must be received 3 days prior to day of arrival in order to avoid a charge. Failure to do so will incur a penalty equal to the cost of one night's room and tax.

IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through an online travel agent, they must ask for a non- commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if the accommodations were reserved via an online (Expedia, Trivago, Kayak, etc.) travel agency.

The October Committee Week Hotel provides prime meeting space for your committee meetings, events and activities. ASTM International is legally bound to fill the contracted guest room block and an inability to fill the block will result in severe financial penalties which could affect negotiations and increase costs for future meetings.

INTERNET: The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel offers wireless internet connection for a surcharge of $14.95 daily. Members of the Marriott Bonvoy Loyalty Program will receive complimentary standard in-room internet access during their stay. To sign-up for Marriott Bonvoy or receive further information on the program, please visit: Join Marriott Bonvoy.

Standards Development Meetings

The ASTM sponsoring committee invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required to attend. For more information about the committee and their future meetings, please visit the Committee D22 Homepage.