Analytical Chemistry Division


Analytical Chemistry Division, Division Committee and Observers, Paris General Assembly, 2019

Analytical chemistry is a scientific discipline that develops and applies methods, instruments, and strategies to obtain information on the composition and nature of matter in space and time, as well as on the value of these measurements, i.e., their uncertainty, validation, and/or traceability to fundamental standards.

The Analytical Chemistry Division in the IUPAC catalyzes interactions between the scientific community and users of analytical methodology and data, and beneficiaries of analytical results, such as international organizations (IAEA, OECD, WHO), standard development bodies (ISO, ASTM), metrology organizations (BIPM, OIML) chemical societies, and society.

The interactions are catalyzed by taking input, such as literature data, information about sources, inconsistent nomenclature, newly developed or modified methods and techniques, and scientific misinformation, and performing harmonization of nomenclature, critical evaluation of data and methodology, formulation of guidelines for correct usage of data and methodology, and promotion of analytical chemistry to society in general. Areas of interest include: General aspects of analytical chemistry, separation methods, spectrochemical methods, electrochemical methods, nuclear chemistry methods, applications to human health and the environment.


Terms of Reference

Division V provides objective scientific expertise and develops essential tools of analytical chemistry that enable IUPAC to accomplish its mission in sustainable development, creating and promoting a common language, providing evaluated data and advocating free scientific exchange. Division V seeks to be inclusive in its membership with outreach to under-represented groups and regions.  As appropriate Division V works in collaboration with other bodies.


  1. Provide the highest level of unbiased analytical chemical science expertise in achieving its mission,
  2. Promote and foster the growth of analytical chemistry as a scientific discipline,
  3. Ensure the vitality of the Division,
  4. Foster multidisciplinary collaboration.


1. Provide the highest expertise in line with IUPAC’s mission through:

  • Publishing Technical Reports,
  • Publishing Recommendations of terminology,
  • Evaluating chemical data,
  • Making its products available in modern digital forms,
  • Contributing to international standards development,
  • Providing scientific expertise and advice to relevant international organizations.

2. Promote and foster the growth of analytical chemistry as a scientific discipline through:

  • Reinforcing relationships with other IUPAC bodies,
  • Organizing / sponsoring international scientific events,
  • Contributing to issues related to analytical chemistry education,
  • Awarding outstanding contributions toward the division’s vision.

3. Ensure the vitality of the Division through:

  • Evaluating divisional outputs and setting associated targets,
  • Engaging stakeholder communities that can benefit from and contribute to the work of the division,
  • Leveraging external sources to enhance division activities.

4. Foster multidisciplinary collaboration through:

  • Pursuing joint activities and projects with other IUPAC bodies,
  • Engaging with relevant international organizations.

Subcommittees and Commissions

Current Projects

Meeting Minutes

  • Combined Minutes of Remote Division Committee Meetings, 2021 (pdf – 295kb)
  • Combined Minutes of Remote Division Committee Meetings, 2020 (pdf – 254kb)
  • Minutes of the Division Committee Meeting, Paris, France, 6-7 July 2019 (pdf – 396kb)
  • Minutes of the Division Committee meeting, Nara, Japan, 25-26 Apr 2018 (pdf – 138kb)
  • Minutes of the Division Committee meeting, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 8-9 Jul 2017 (pdf – 270kb)
  • Minutes of the Division Committee meeting, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2016
  • Minutes of the Division Committee meeting, Busan, Korea, 8-9 Aug 2015 (pdf – 615kb)
  • Minutes of the Division Committee meeting, Pecs, Hungary, 27-28 Mar 2014 (pdf – 519kb)
  • Minutes of the Division Committee meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, 9-10 Aug 2013 (pdf – 155kb)
  • Minutes of the Division Committee meeting, Antwerp, Belgium, 5-7 Feb 2012 (pdf – 214kb)
  • Minutes of the Division Committee meeting, Aveiro, Portugal, 8-9 Feb 2010 (pdf – 212kb) and Annexes (zip file – 2.81mb)
  • Minutes of the Division V Executive Officers’ Meeting, Aveiro, Portugal, 7 Feb 2010 (pdf – 212kb)

Activity Reports

  • Report 2020-2021 (prepared for Council virtual meeting August 2021) by Prof. Zoltán Mester (pdf – 346kb)
  • Report 2020 (prepared for Bureau) by Prof. Zoltán Mester (pdf – 375kb)
  • Report 2017 (prepared for Bureau) by Prof. Jan Labuda (pdf – 73kb)
  • Report 2016 (prepared for Bureau in Montreal) by Prof. Jan Labuda (pdf – 136kb)
  • Report 2014-2015 (prepared for Council in Busan) by Prof. Brynn Hibbert (pdf – 613kb)
  • Report to Council 2008 – 2009 (pdf – 158kb)



‘TEAMWORK’ the Analytical  Chemistry Division Newsletter


Moore, D., “Analytical Chemistry – A Discipline at the Heart of IUPAC,”  Chemistry International, Vol. 24, No. 4, p. 17, July 2002. (PDF)


Electronic Resources

“Orange Book” online
IUPAC Stability Constants Database
IUPAC-NIST Solubility Database v1.1