QuEChERS (pronounced Catchers), is an acronym for Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe. The process is a sample extraction and clean-up technique widely used for the analysis of multiple residues in food, forensic and environmental samples.

Type of samples being analyzed:

Food Analysis

  • Fish and Meat
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Grains, Nuts and Seeds
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Wine
  • Nutritional Supplements / Botanicals
  • Baby Food / Formula
  • Oils
  • Muscle and Tissue

Forensic Analysis

  • Cannabinoids in Urine
  • Pharmaceuticals and Toxins in Whole Blood

Environmental Analysis

  • PCBs in Fish Tissue
  • PAHs in Soil


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QuEChERS MethodClick to Enlarge

The QuEChERS Method involves the following steps:

  1. Acetonitrile salting-out extraction of a sample in an aqueous environment
  2. Liquid-solid extraction - dispersive Solid Phase Extraction (d-SPE) - this removes the majority of the remaining matrix interferences
  3. Analysis by tandem technique like LC/MS/MS, GC/MS or GC/MS/MS


QuEChERS Sample Preparation Procedures

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QuEChERS Products


  • QuEChERS Multi-Packs - Micro extraction products-reagent pouches with or without 50 mL centrifuge tubes.
  • Extraction Kits
  • ChloroFiltr® Dispersive Products
  • Cartridge Products - Dual phase cartridges are available as an alternative to traditional QuEChERS dSPE clean-up

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Restek QuEChERS

  • Q-sep™ QuEChERS Sample Prep Packets and Tubes
  • Q-sep™ QuEChERS dSPE Tubes for Extract Clean-up
  • Q-sep™ Bottle Top Solvent Dispenser
  • Q-sep™ 3000 Centrifuge
  • QuEChERS Standards

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QuEChERS Resources

QuEChERS.com Information Site

QuEChERS.com is a non-profit information service.  This site includes an overview of the QuEChERS method, information about the procedure and other resources.  Visit www.quechers.com.