Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) Taiwan has developed a new method for fast
detection of dioxin compounds, for use primarily in large-scale
investigations of dioxin contamination, the Environmental Protection
Administration (EPA) said Tuesday.
The cost of a typical
instrument for dioxin analysis is about NT$10 million (US$334,057) and
the process usually takes a long time, the EPA said.
It said such instruments, therefore, are not suitable for the detection of dioxins, in investigations and studies.
an effort to address the problem, the EPA said, it began in 2004 to use
a new analytic method of dioxin detection adopted from abroad. However,
while the patented technique was easy to use, it cost Taiwan NT$750,000
in patent fees per year, the EPA added.
The EPA said its
Environmental Analysis Laboratory, in collaboration with the National
Health Research Institutes, began working on a similar technique in 2008
and succeeded in developing a suitable one after three years of
The locally developed technique is six times faster
than the normal methods and costs about the one-tenth of the price,
according to the EPA. It can also test 10 times the number of samples
per batch than other methods, the EPA said.