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Using the ASTM Bioassay Standards Guide

Components of the Guide
  • Bioassay Quick Reference Table – use this table to quickly pinpoint the standards covering your area of interest. The standards are organized first by media and sub-media, and then increasingly by ASTM number.
  • Bioassay Documentation – descriptions of all the ASTM bioassay and bioassay related standards are hot-linked to the table. (All descriptions are taken directly from the ASTM website.)
Using the Quick Reference Table
  1. Based upon the nature of the site or sample you wish to test, find the appropriate media within the table. In most cases this will lead you to a set of standards. Be sure to take note of any additional info.
  2. From the previously chosen set of standards check the Organism/Species column for organisms that are, or can be substituted for, the receptors in the test environment. Be sure to check the test column if you have a specific type or duration of test in mind, this may help to further narrow your search.
  3. Having narrowed your search according to media, organism and test, be sure to note the ASTM number for the standard you have chosen. The ASTM number is both the catalog number for the Bioassay Documentation as well as the number required when ordering standards from ASTM.
  4. To read the Bioassay Documentation for the standard you have chosen point and click on the ASTM number for the standard. At the bottom of each document can be found a hot-link back to the Bioassay Guide Main Page and a hot-link back to the Bioassay Quick Reference Table.
  5. Any ASTM number in the Documentation with an asterisk next to it, is followed by information leading to current literature in which the standard was cited, or to EPA publications based upon the standard. This information is italicized at the end of the description.

You may note that there are a set of standards at the end of the Table that are named "related standards" in the Media column. These are ASTM standards that, are not bioassay standards, but may aid in the use of bioassay standards.

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