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Category Press Release
Publish Date 8/29/2016
Author Jennifer Mazonas
Title EMSL Radiochemistry Lab Offers Electron Capture Detector (ECD) Leak Test
Introduction EMSL Analytical, Inc. has expanded radiological testing services to include ECD leak tests to accommodate required regular testing of the sealed source.

Cinnaminson, NJ, August 29th, 2016  

EMSL Analytical, Inc.’s Radiological Laboratory Division now offers a leak test for the electron capture detector (ECD) which is a commonly used device in gas chromatograph instruments. An ECD typically contains 10-15 millicuries of nickel-63, which is a sealed radioactive source. In order to ensure safety, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requires that each licensee who uses a sealed source should have the source tested for leakage every six months and track the results for three years after the leak test is performed.

EMSL can assist organizations that have instruments containing radioactive materials or have the potential to release radioactive particles with this specific testing. The gas chromatography with electron capture detector (GC-ECD) is a common instrument that requires routine testing. EMSL supplies a Leak (Wipe) Test Kit that contains sufficient materials and easy-to-follow instructions.

“EMSL’s radiological laboratory has knowledgeable scientist who are ready to assist clients with environmental radiological testing needs of various matrices,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The laboratory has a comprehensive radioactive materials license to provide a wide range of radiological analysis needs for our clients. We can analyze virtually any matrix for alpha, beta, and gamma radiation.”

EMSL’s Leak (Wipe) Test Kit has four sets of wipe tests kits that contain three wipes for use on a single instrument. Samples can be sent to the EMSL laboratory headquarters at 200 Route 130 North in Cinnaminson, New Jersey for analysis. Following analysis, EMSL provides a test report and leak test certificate. To order an ECD Leak Test Kit, please call (800) 220-3675 or email

For more information about ECD Leak Test, other radiological testing services and accreditations, please visit.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies. 

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