Metaldehyde water test now available from Fitz Scientific

We have recently completed the successful development of a new method for analysis of Metaldehyde in water matrices. The method, developed by our senior analysts, is capable of identifying Metaldehyde in water matrices with a testing range from 25ng/L to 250ng/L, using liquid chromatography technologies.

It is now our intention to submit this new method and all validation to our accreditation body UKAS for assessment. Upon completion it is expected that we will add this test to our extensive scope of accreditation including Pesticides and Herbicides.

Metaldehyde (2,4,6,8-tetramethyl-1,3,5,7-tetraoxacyclooctane) is used worldwide as a molluscicide, for the control of slug and snail populations. It is classified by the World Health Organization as a ‘moderately hazardous' pesticide.

Under the European Union (Drinking Water) Regulations 2014 (S.I 122 of 2014) parametric value in drinking water is set at 100ng/L.

In 2016, Irish Water assigned Metaldehyde as a ‘baseline pesticide’ and is routinely monitored for in drinking water supplies.

For further details on how we can develop analytical testing methods specific to your business or meet challenging testing requirements, please contact us on 041 98 45440 or email