Workshop on PFAS in Atmosphere – Sources, Sampling, and Standards

(In-person only event)

Date: November 1, 2023 - November 2, 2023

Event Location:  Washington Hilton, Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Organized by: ASTM Committee D22 on Air Quality



About the Event

The Workshop on PFAS in Atmosphere – Sources, Sampling, and Standards will be held November 1, 2023 - November 2, 2023. The workshop is organized by ASTM Committee D22 on Air Quality, and will be held at the Washington Hilton, Washington, District of Columbia, United States in conjunction with the standards development meetings of the committee. The language of the workshop will be English.


Objective and Scope

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are either volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or semi volatile organic compounds (SVOCs). The carbon-fluorine (C-F) bonds in PFAS lead them to be very stable chemically. Furthermore, perfluorocarbon moieties in PFAS are both hydrophobic and oleophobic, making many PFAS effective surfactants or surface coatings. Concerns over exposure to PFASs and their potential health effects have increased significantly among researchers and risk managers because of their persistence, developmental toxicity, and other health effects in laboratory animals and their ubiquitous presence in humans, wildlife, and environmental media. Inhalation of air containing PFAS substances contributes to aggregate exposures. Air is also an important exposure pathway that can contribute to elevated concentrations of PFAS in indoor dust, soil, and waterways.

There are significant efforts to develop harmonized and consensus test standards for the measurement of PFAS. While there have been a few PFAS methods developed for water, soils, sediments, biosolids, and biota, there are currently no similar efforts for vapor-phase PFAS in air. There is a need to develop harmonized and consensus test standards that focus on sampling and analysis of PFAS in air.

This workshop will cover sources, sampling, and standards of PFAS from various atmospheres including indoor air, outdoor air, workplace air, and air sampled from chambers during product testing.

Specific topics include:

Sources: Where do PFAS come from?

  • Consumer products
  • Fire training/fire response sites
  • Industrial sites
  • Landfills
  • And the common environmental degradation products

Sampling (& Analysis): How to ensure good data quality

  • Sampling devices and equipment considerations, active vs. passive sampling
  • Sample collection and clean-up
  • Methods for analysis
  • Limits of quantification and detection for commercially available vs. research-grade analytical instruments

Standards: What is needed?

  • The development of consensus documents (Guides, methods & practices) as well as the work carried out by regulatory agencies i.e. EPA
  • Purity and availability of internal standards
  • Data needs for risk managers to make informed regulatory choices


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 DATE. 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 by DATE 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. STP papers should be full-length technical papers of approximately 10,000 words, significantly contribute to the technical literature, and must include a review of past work in the relevant area and present information of current interest or probe new fields. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors’ instructions via email, but also can be found by clicking here.

Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than DATE at the ASTM Editorial Office. 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 included 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

A technical program (presentation times and presenters’ names) will be posted on the ASTM website in August 2023.



Registration opens approximately 10 weeks before the start of the workshop.



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




ASTM Member $100.00 $200.00
Non-member $200.00 $300.00
Presenter $100.00 $200.00
Session Chair $50.00 $100.00
Student Free Free

All Attendees – All attendees are urged to register for this SYMPOSIUM/WORKSHOP before arriving onsite. All attendees must check in at the ASTM Registration Area to obtain their name badge before entering the event room.

Students – Students may be eligible for a reduced registration fee provided they meet certain requirements. To qualify for the reduced fee you must be a full-time student, not employed full-time, and be able to provide a current valid university email address for registration.  To register as a student, please email ASTM Symposia Operations at

Cancellations – A refund of the SYMPOSIUM/WORKSHOP fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the start of the event. To cancel your registration, please click the Modify My Registration button found in your registration confirmation email and follow the prompts to cancel your registration. Please contact Symposia Operations at or 610-832-9522 if you need assistance.

If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Symposia Operations at Tel: 610-832-9522, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).


Technical Chair Contact Information

Xiaoyu Liu
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: +1 919-541-2459

Charles Bevington
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Phone: +1 301-987-2009


Continuing Education Units

SYMPOSIUM/WORKSHOP attendees interested in receiving 0.35 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/WORKSHOP concludes.


Hotel Information

The event will be held at the Washington Hilton in Washington, District of Columbia. More information on how to make your sleeping room reservation will be posted approximately 12 weeks prior to the start of the event.


Standards Development Meetings

Committee D22 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 D22 Committee Homepage.