​Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are contaminants of growing concern due to their persistence in the environment and ability to bioaccumulate in animals and people. Many communities are grappling with environmental PFAS contamination due to specialized fire suppression materials (such as aqueous fil forming foams, or AFFF), current and past industrial uses, and the potential for human exposures. 

APHL seeks a technical writer to draft a PFAS technical guidance document of approximately 25 pages for use by laboratories. The document will detail best practices in testing methodology, sampling, troubleshooting and laboratory capability assessment.

The first draft of the document must be received at APHL no later than 5:00 pm on Sunday, June 30, 2019. A second phase of this project may follow, pending availability of funding after that date.


Interested parties must submit a proposal to APHL that provides all of the information specified in the Proposal Requirements section below. In order to be considered, complete proposals must be submitted no later than the Proposed Due Date specified in the Anticipated RFP Schedule section below. Applicants will find proposal submission information in the Response Submittal section below.

Anticipated Schedule

Applications are due to eh@aphl.org by 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on April 5, 2019. APHL anticipates the following schedule for the entire competitive bidding process:

March 28, 2019               APHL Issues RFP

April 5, 2019                     Complete proposals due to eh@aphl.org by 5:00 pm EST

April 6, 2019                     Proposal Review

April 12, 2019                   APHL posts names of the selected applicant(s) to procurement site, www.aphl.org/rfp.

 If APHL makes any modification to this anticipated schedule, it will post the change to APHL's procurement site, www.aphl.org/rfp.​

Response Submittal

APHL must receive a complete proposal by no later than 5:00 pm EST on April 5, 2019. Applicants must send proposals via email to eh@aphl.org.

APHL will send an email acknowledging the receipt of your proposal. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 72 hours, please email brianna.carey@aphl.org to confirm receipt.

Proposal Requirements

The proposal should be kept to a maximum of 15 pages. Any documents included as an appendix are not included in the 15-page count. The applicant must include the following in their response:

  1. A company profile;
  2. A description of the applicant’s experience in producing materials that include highly technical or scientific content;
  3. A description of two (2) past projects that best reflect the applicant’s work and relevancy to this project (examples of materials may be included as an appendix);
  4. Reference information from two (2) former or current clients. Include company name, contact person’s name, contact person’s phone number and/or email address, and a description of product delivered;
  5. A description of the team that will be assigned to this project, including each person’s role (resume’s or CVs should be included as an appendix);
  6. A description of the applicant’s project management and product development process.

Request for Proposal Materials

The Technical Writer for the Development of a Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Technical Guidance provides details on how to complete this RFP. The RFP contains a copy of the evaluation criteria that will be used for evaluation of proposals.


Please direct all questions regarding this RFP or its requirements via email to Brianna Carey at brianna.carey@aphl.org with a copy to Julianne Nassif at julianne.nassif@aphl.org.​