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Blood testing for poly- and per-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS, formerly PFCs) is no longer available through the NH Department of Health and Human Services. Given the presence PFAS in New Hampshire and nationally, measuring a person’s exposure to PFAS and monitoring potential impacts on human health is best served by the relationship between a patient and their healthcare provider. DHHS has and will continue to provide information and recommendations to healthcare providers to help providers and patients make informed decisions about what PFAS exposure might mean for an individual’s health.

For residents and healthcare providers interested in PFAS blood testing, two labs offer PFAS blood testing to individuals through their healthcare providers.

NMS Laboratories
1-800-522-2206

Vista Analytical
916-673-1520

While a PFAS blood test measures how much of specific PFAS are in a person’s body at the time of the test, there are limitations. A PFAS blood test cannot:

  • Tell you where or how you were exposed to PFAS found in your body
  • Tell you what, if any, health problems might occur or have occurred because of PFAS in your body
  • Be used by your doctor to guide treatment decisions

For residents and providers who want to know potential differences between the two commercially available PFAS blood tests and to the blood testing previously conducted by DHHS, the table below compares the panel of tested PFAS, as well as the estimated costs of testing for individuals.

Analyte Abbreviation NH State Testing Reporting Limit NMS (Test # 3427SP)1
Reporting Limit
Vista Analytical2
Reporting Limit
Perfluorooctanoic acid PFOA 0.5 µg/L 0.5 ng/mL 0.4 ng/mL
Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid PFOS 0.5 µg/L 0.5 ng/mL 0.4 ng/mL
Perfluorononanoic acid PFNA 0.5 µg/L 0.05ng/mL 0.4 ng/mL
Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid PFHxS/linear isomer 0.5 µg/L 0.05 ng/mL 0.4 ng/mL
Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid PFBuS/PFBS 0.5 µg/L 0.05 ng/mL N/A
Perfluoroheptanoic acid PFHpA 0.5 µg/L 0.05 ng/mL N/A
Perfluorodecanoic acid PFDeA/PFDA 0.5 µg/L N/A 0.4 ng/mL
Perfluoroundecanoic acid PFUA/PFUnA 0.5 µg/L N/A 0.4 ng/mL
Perfluorododecanoic acid PFDoA 0.5 µg/L N/A N/A
Perfluorooctane sulfonamide PFOSA 0.5 µg/L N/A 0.4 ng/mL
2-(N-methyl-perfluorooctane sulfonamido) acetic acid Me-PFOSA-AcOH 0.5 µg/L N/A N/A
Perfluorodecanesulfonate PFDS N/A N/A 0.4 ng/mL
N-Ethyperfluoro-1-octanesulfonamidoacetic acid N-EtFOSAA (combined with N-MeFOSAA) N/A N/A 0.4 ng/mL
N-Methylperfluoro-1-octanesulfonamidoacetic acid N-MeFOSAA (combined with N-EtFOSAA) N/A N/A 0.4 ng/mL
Cost per test:
(lab testing/kit order ONLY)
    $599 $800 ($150 for test
kit, $650 for testing)

Please Note: µg/L = ng/mL. Units left as they were taken from the lab websites

1. 3427SP is the order number for NMS Laboratories needed to have this panel of PFAS analytes tested for with the respective reporting limits (please note, NMS Laboratories has various PFAS tests that can be ordered).

2. Vista Analytical is NOT accredited for analyzing clinical specimens, but does have NELAP/ISO accreditation and can provide non-diagnostic testing of serum.

 
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