Since its founding, First Analytical Laboratories has provided inorganic analysis to the stationary source testing industry.  As one of a handful of labs in North America to hold NELAP certification in Method 29 for multi-metals, we have the experience and skill to assist our clients with even the most complex testing projects.

Method 29 (Multi-Metals)* »

Method 202, Revised (Condensible Particulate Matter)* »



First Analytical is also certified by the State of North Carolina for metals analysis in drinking water, waste water, ground water and soil.  We offer fast turnarounds and low detection limits, and specialize in larger, engineering projects.

Method 200.7* »

Method 200.8* »


At First Analytical, we take pride in finding solutions to our clients’ analytical needs, even if they fall outside our traditional scope.  In recent years, our chemists have assisted clients with process verification and quality control – including analyzing for impurities or confirmation of raw materials. We assisted university research where larger samples volumes were needed. We’ve saved FDA certified facility costs by acting as an initial screen before more expensive analysis. We have analyzed everything from hair to hypodermic needles, from tobacco leaf to tobacco filler,  smoke and even e-cigarette liquid. We have tested for elements ranging from Antimony and Boron to Vanadium and Zinc (including Gold, Silver and other precious metals).  Our reported results can range from percentage level constituents to less than 1 part per billion. In short, if you have any inorganic analytical needs, odds are we can help you.

The pulp and paper industry, for example, has a number of testing requirements that we can handle. In addition to the stack analysis, we can test their raw materials (if there are quality control issues) and waste materials (from waste water to sludge) for Mercury and other contaminants to ensure they remain complaint with any applicable regulations.

Method 7471 »



First Analytical Laboratories has also become one of the leading experts in testing for heavy metals in glass materials.  From glass filters and glass packaging to glass cullet or industrial glass beads or powders, we process thousands of samples per year for a variety of contaminants, including lead, arsenic mercury and others.  Because glass is easy to ship, we receive samples from all over the United States and Canada, and our processes are refined to the point that we can generally provide results as soon as the next business day, or even as fast as the same business day (when possible).

Method 3052 »

Method 6010 B »

Method 6010 C »

Method 7471 B »


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