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A woman-owned small business, Vista Analytical (formerly Alta Analytical Laboratory) is the premier environmental laboratory for the determination of dioxins and furans, PCBs, PAHs, PBDEs, PCNs and other semi-volatile organic contaminants. Using the powerful technique of High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) and USEPA, CARB, and NCASI methodologies, Vista accurately analyzes a variety of matrices for clients the world over. Our combination of unsurpassed technical quality and outstanding customer service distinguishes Vista Analytical Laboratory. 

Vista Analytical Laboratory
1104 Windfield Way
El Dorado Hills, CA  95762
Phone:  916.673.1520
Fax:  916.673.0106

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Emerging Contaminant Focus

PFCs/PFAS BY Ultra Performance LC-MS/MS

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkylated Substances, commonly referred to as either PFCs or PFAS, are a group of man-made chemicals found world-wide. An emerging class of environmental contaminants, they are known for their persistence, toxicity, and bioaccumulation in humans, laboratory animals, and the environment.  Humans are exposed to PFAS through a variety of consumer products from food packaging, stain-resistant furniture, carpet, clothing, and cookware.  More recent attention has been on various Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) products as a source.  The Department of Defense is investing considerable resources to evaluate the presence and extent of these chemicals on their closed and active bases. 

 Vista Analytical Laboratory is responding to the growing need for reliable and accurate determination of these chemicals using Ultra Performance LC-MS/MS technology.  We routinely analyze human serum for PFCs, as well as environmental matrices.  Please contact us for more information.


Human Serum-Not Your Typical Environmental Sample 

Vista Analytical has extensive experience analyzing human blood and serum for the presence of Dioxins/Furans and PCB Congeners.   Most notably is our involvement with the largest human Dioxin/Furan exposure study ever administered in the U.S.  We worked closely with the University of Michigan to process over 900 blood/serum samples for the simultaneous extraction of PCB congeners and Dioxins/Furans.

   We understand that the collection and handling of a sample with human origin is not your typical sample.  Most environmental laboratories are not set up to handle bio-hazardous material, but at Vista, we maintain a separate laboratory environment with Class-II Biosafety Cabinets and dedicated fume hoods to ensure the integrity of every sample.  Analysis is performed on one of five of Vista’s High Resolution Mass Spectrometers to achieve the lowest possible detection limits, while the redundancy of instrumentation ensures all deadlines are met. 

 Vista Renews DoD-ELAP and ISO/IEC 17025:2005

Certificate of Accreditation

We are proud to announce Vista Analytical Laboratory has renewed our Department of Defense Environmental Laboratory (DoD-ELAP) accreditation, with the addition of EPA Method 537 for Perfluorochemicals.  Vista has successfully fulfilled the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, the 2003 NELAC Chapter 5 Standard, and the DoD Quality System Manual (QSM 5.1) according to the Scope of Accreditation located here.  If you need a method/matrix not listed, please contact us, so that we may look into adding it.  The DoD-ELAP accreditation program was developed in 2009 through an inter-agency workgroup and provides specific laboratory accreditation for labs working at Military and Federal sites across the United States. It replaces previous certification programs by the US Army Corps, Navy, and Air Force.

Vista Introduces Latest Revision of Method 1668 to Meet Proposed EPA Methods Update Rule


EPA has proposed a new version of EPA Method 1668, Rev. C, for use in Clean Water Act programs to determine compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits or other monitoring requirements. The full title of this proposed rule is "Guidelines Establishing Test Procedures for the Analysis of Pollutants under the Clean Water Act; Analysis and Sampling Procedures."

The proposal adds EPA Method 1668C to 40 CFR 136.3, Table IC.  EPA Method 1668C can measure the 209 individual PCB congeners in environmental samples by isotope dilution and internal standard HRGC/HRMS in wastewater, surface water, soil, sediment, biosolids, and tissue matrices.

With over 20 years experience in the analysis of environmental samples for PCB congeners, Vista is now offering EPA Method 1668C, "Chlorinated Biphenyl Congeners in Water, Soil, Sediment, Biosollids, and Tissue by HRGC/HRMS."  To view the method, click here.

For more information on the proposed Methods Update Rule, click here.


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