Gas chromatographic determination of acephate in technical material and soluble powder formulations: collaborative study
Kovacs, M.F.J.; Wehr, H.M.
Journal - Association of Official Analytical Chemists 80(3): 459-463
A gas chromatographic (GC) method was developed for quantitation of acephate (Orthene) in technical material and soluble powder formulations. Acephate is an organophosphate with broad spectrum contact and systemic insecticidal properties. Fourteen collaborators from 8 countries participated in a collaborative study of the method. Collaborators were provided with the method; samples of technical acephate and formulated soluble powder containing 95-99% and 71-75% acephate, respectively; an acephate reference standard; and internal standard. Samples were weighed, diluted to volume with internal standard, and quantitated by using GC peak area ratios. Relative standard deviation values for reproducibility (RSD(R)) were 1.03-2.55 for 95-99% technical acephate and 1.36-2.73 for formulated soluble powder containing 71-75% acephate. The GC method for determination of acephate in technical material and soluble powder formulations has been adopted by AOAC INTERNATIONAL.